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    This Year's MOCA Peds Learning Objectives

    MOCA-Peds is receiving rave reviews from physicians because of it's flexibility and clinical relevance. We don't blame you if you're thinking about taking MOCA-Peds for your Part 3 MOC Requirement—in fact, we support you doing it! MOCA-Peds is a great way to save time and stress less over your recertification process. We've created the perfect sidekick for your MOCA-Peds exam, which has everything you need to answer questions on each Learning Objective and Featured Reading in this year's assessment. 

    Wondering what's in those Learning Objectives and Featured Readings? Here's what you should brush up on before opening up your Quarter 1 questions. 

    What Will Be on This Year's MOCA-Peds?


    MOCA-Peds questions are based on 45 learning objectives, which are drawn from the ABP content outline used for the 10-year proctored exam. As soon as Quarter 2 of your MOCA-Peds, you could start to see questions on peer-reviewed journal articles or guidelines, which the ABP calls Featured Readings. 

    The ABP recommends that participating Pediatricians review the Learning Objectives and Featured Readings prior to starting MOCA-Peds each year. This gives you time to brush up on topics you don't see frequently in your practice, and time to read over any new material. 

    What Are MOCA-Peds Questions Like? 

    For each question—whether it's related to a Learning Objective or Featured Reading—you'll see a clinical vignette followed by a multiple choice question. 

    2021 MOCA-Peds Learning Objectives

    Brush up on these MOCA-Peds Learning Objectives before you start your questions, and you'll be on your way to breezing through the assessment! We've included some videos from our YouTube channel that can kick-start your review. For a full review of each Learning Objective and Featured Reading, check out QuickRef for MOCA-Peds.

    Characterize alcohol use in an adolescent.


    Review Course excerpt on Screening Stages of Alcohol Abuse and Substance Abuse

    Counsel parents regarding circumcision. 

    Counsel the caregiver of an abused child on the long-term psychological consequences of maltreatment.

    Differentiate between normal and abnormal variations in head growth and manage appropriately. 

    Video excerpt from our Review Course on expected change in head circumference

    Evaluate a child with hyperpigmentation.

    Evaluate a patient with nephrolithiasis.

    Evaluate a patient with tics.

    Evaluate an internationally adopted child for infectious diseases and appropriate immunizations.

    Evaluate and manage a child with an inguinal mass.

    Evaluate and manage a child with unexplained persistent fever.

    Evaluate and manage a patient with papilledema.

    Evaluate and manage a patient with the new onset of thrombocytopenia.


    This video describes Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) and shows a peripheral smear

    Evaluate and manage drug eruptions.

    Evaluate and manage ear trauma.

    Evaluate and manage the adolescent with syncope.

    This video discusses the most common etiology of syncope in children

    Identify and manage blood grouping incompatibilities as a cause of hyperbilirubinemia.

    Identify contraindications for sports participation.

    Know the indications and appropriate testing for parasitic disorders.

    Know the indications for prescribing an epinephrine auto-injector.

    Manage acute illness in a patient receiving long-term corticosteroid therapy.

    Manage foreign body ingestion.

    This video reviews esophageal foreign bodies 

    Prevent and manage the complications and risks associated with late pre-term birth.

    Provide anticipatory guidance about sleep hygiene and sleep habits.

    Provide guidance regarding family stressors (eg, birth of a sibling, death, divorce, job loss, relocation).

    Recognize and apply ethical principles involved in end-of-life care.

    Recognize and evaluate a child with chorea.

    Recognize and manage breast disorders in adolescents.

    Recognize and manage delayed hypersensitivity reaction.

    Recognize and manage paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction.

    Recognize and plan initial evaluation of a child with a pituitary disorder.

    Recognize and plan the initial management of cardiogenic shock.

    Recognize common causes of joint pain in children and adolescents.

    Recognize features of stroke in children.

    Recognize genetic causes of congenital heart disease.

    Recognize the child with spinal cord compression from a mass.

    Recognize the clinical features of acute abdomen.

    Recognize the clinical features of dermatomyositis.

    Recognize the effect of parental chronic illness or disability on child health.

    Recognize the features of bipolar disorder.

    Recognize the genetic syndromes that may present with abnormal growth.

    Recognize the risk factors for nutritional insufficiency (eg, food insecurity, restricted diets, etc.).

    Respond appropriately to a child’s disclosure of sexual abuse.

    Screen an adolescent for sexually transmitted diseases and manage appropriately.

    Understand the concept of evidence-based practice.

    Understand the differential diagnosis of an adolescent with difficulty breathing during exercise.


    2021 MOCA-Peds Featured Readings 

    These are the 2021 MOCA-Peds Featured Readings for General Pediatrics. 

    Oskoui M, Pringsheim T, Holler-Managan Y, Potrebic S, Billinghurst L, Gloss D, Hershey AD, Licking N, Sowell M, Victorio MC, Gersz EM, Leininger E, Zanitsch H, Yonker M, Mack K. Practice guideline update summary: Acute treatment of migraine in children and adolescents: Report of the Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. Neurology. 2019 Sep 10;93(11):487-499. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000008095. Epub 2019 Aug 14. Review. PubMed PMID: 31413171.

    Puopolo KM, Lynfield R, Cummings JJ. Management of Infants at Risk for Group B Streptococcal Disease. Pediatrics. 2019 Aug;144(2). doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-1881. Epub 2019 Jul 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 31285392. target="_blank"

    Wolraich ML, Hagan JF Jr, Allan C, Chan E, Davison D, Earls M, Evans SW, Flinn SK, Froehlich T, Frost J, Holbrook JR, Lehmann CU, Lessin HR, Okechukwu K, Pierce KL, Winner JD, Zurhellen W. Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2019 Oct;144(4). doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-2528. PubMed PMID: 31570648.

    Zuckerbrot RA, Cheung A, Jensen PS, Stein REK, Laraque D. Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC): Part I. Practice Preparation, Identification, Assessment, and Initial Management. Pediatrics. 2018 Mar;141(3). doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-4081. PubMed PMID: 29483200.


    Ready to dive into the content? Our QuickRef for 2021 Learning Objectives is a great place to start! You'll see that the features in QuickRef help you be even more efficient during the exam—after all, you only have 5 minutes to answer each question!

    Note: Learning Objectives and Featured Readings listed are for the 2021 MOCA-Peds Learning Objectives for General Pediatrics, via the ABP website. 

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