Gems about Part 4 of MOCA 2.0 that every anesthesiologist needs to know

These gems will change how you think about your Part 4 requirement

We’ve been getting a lot of inbound questions on Part 4 of MOCA 2.0 from our anesthesiologists in Orbit. So we called up the ABA to learn more about the Part 4 requirement, and what we learned made our jaws drop wider than a Mallampati 1 airway. Here are three gems that every anesthesiologist should know about their MOCA 2.0 Part 4 requirements.

See also: Six secrets to crushing MOCA 2.0

Gem #1. MOCA simulation course is not required

Some anesthesiologists think that completing a course at an ASA-endorsed simulation center is required by the ABA. These courses have limited locations and times, and registration can be extremely expensive, up to $1500 per person. Thankfully, these courses are not required by the ABA.

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ASA-endorsed simulation courses are not actually required by the ABA.

Gem #2. Part 4 can be completed for free

You can complete your Part 4 requirements for free. The full list of ABA-approved Part 4 activities includes these four completely free options which you self-document by filling out a one-page form that you only submit if you’re audited:

  1. Present an interesting case. Earn points just by sharing your experience on a unique case with colleagues. Claim 1 point per hour spent on this activity, up to 15 points, and document your work using this form.
  2. Present at M&M. Earn points by discussing an adverse or potentially adverse patient outcome in your department’s formal peer-reviewed setting. Claim 1 point per hour spent on this activity, up to 15 points, and document your work using this form.
  3. Assess and iterate your own practice. Think about how you can improve patient outcomes by refining your own practice. Claim 1 point per hour spent on this activity, up to 15 points, and document your work using this form.
  4. Review a journal article directly related to your patient. Self-directed point-of-care learning — something we all do on a regular basis — now counts towards Part 4. Claim 1 point per hour spent on this activity, up to 15 points, and document your work using this form.

Gem #3. Don’t cram all 50 Part 4 credits at once

Space out your credits. MOCA 2.0 requires that you earn 25 credits during Year 1–5 and 25 credits during Years 6–10 of your ten-year cycle. So don’t bother earning all 50 credits in your first five years. And if you didn’t earn any credits in Years 1–5, then,…😬.

See also: Marissa Wagner Mery MD MBA, “Six secrets to crushing MOCA 2.0

Bottom Line

Making smart choices to satisfy your MOCA 2.0 requirements can save you huge amounts of time and money. And since audits are performed regularly and randomly by the ABA, be sure to save documentation of your variously earned credits.

— Orbit Staff

References

American Board of Anesthesiology, “MOCA 2.0® Part 4: Quality Improvement

Orbit Anesthesiology — certified by Tufts — is ABA-approved to convert your browsing history into patient safety credits and satisfies ABA-required Category 1 CME credits. Credits you earn in Orbit automatically sync with your ABA Portal, simplifying your ABA audits.

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Orbit is the easiest way for anesthesiologists to earn, track, and submit all of their required CME.

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