2015-08-14 21:26:40 UTC

AGA Proposes Eliminating Secure Exam for MOC

Aug. 20, 2015

We want your feedback on AGA's proposal to replace the high-stakes MOC examination.

Frustrated by a maintenance of certification process that didn’t improve patient care, AGA convened a task force to propose an ideal pathway for recertification. The AGA proposal, unveiled this week in both Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, eliminates the high-stakes examination and replaces it with active and adaptive learning self-directed modules that allow for continuous feedback, and are based solidly on learning theory.

Read the full proposal, Bridging the G-APP: Continuous Professional Development for Gastroenterologists: Replacing MOC with a Model for Lifelong Learning and Accountability, and the editorial, An Alternative to MOC?, (log in required).

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“There is now a greater emphasis than ever before on disease pathways, clinical guidelines and quality improvement, making it important for physicians to remain current with newer recommendations and practice standards,” said Michael Camilleri, MD, president, AGA Institute. “Maintaining certification should be a process of active learning, not high-stakes testing.”

Three things to know about AGA’s Alternate Recertification Pathway:

  • Individual self-assessment pathways allow physicians to achieve a high level of competency in one or more areas, while maintaining a general level of competency in other areas.
  • Individualized self-assessment activities provide constant feedback and opportunities for learning and replace the high-stakes exam now required every 10 years.
  • Physicians get credit for activities they are already doing in practice, research or teaching.

For more information, watch a quick video introduction by Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, AGAF, education and training councillor on the AGA Institute Governing Board. 

We do not expect the process to change overnight, but we’re getting the conversation started in a substantial, meaningful way. AGA supports continuous education and professional development that enhances patient care.

Thanks to AGA members who served on the task force:

Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, AGAF
Brijen J. Shah, MD
Jane Onken, MD, MHS, AGAF
Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF
Maura H. Davis
Rajeev Jain, MD, AGAF
Lawrence S. Kim, MD, AGAF
Kim Persley, MD
Sheryl A. Pfeil, MD, AGAF
Lori N. Marks, PhD

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