Pediatrics

Frequently Asked Questions: Participants

Additional information for individuals interested in participating in the completion of projects to obtain American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC4) credit can be found below.

Participants may enroll in projects by contacting the project leader or point-of-contact for the individual project. Participants may also contact the IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Faculty Quality Improvement Portfolio Committee.

Eligibility to participate in a project is determine by the project leader and should be states in the project description submitted to the committee. Participants seeking MOC4 credit must be fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Time requirement for completion of the MOC4 requirements will vary from project to project. The minimum participation is attending 4-6 meetings, as well as obtaining/furthering one’s education in quality improvement methods. Projects may also require participants to collect and interpret data, analyze performance and provide suggestions for ways to achieve project goals.

Small and large projects led by IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics faculty have no fees. Learning collaboratives and projects led by physicians who are not a part of the department may have associated fees. Any fees should be clearly states on the project application and discussed with the project leader.

The minimum expectation is to actively participate in the minimum project duration and a number of meetings as determined by the project leader (at least four by ABP requirements), and participate in education about quality improvement as determined by the project leader (typically a minimum of two hours). Individual projects may have additional expectations determined by the project leader. Questions regarding these expectations should be directed to the project leader.

The duration of time expected for participation varies from project to project, but generally spans 6-24 months.

Well-designed projects allow participants to contribute to the improvement of care for patients. Participants learn about methods for quality improvement through the education component of the project, as well as through watching the improvement in the clinical setting. Some projects will allow participants to receive MOC4 credit for activities they would already be doing to improve the delivery of health are with some minimum extra requirements.

Project participation is determined by the project leader. In most cases, project participation will be welcomed, even if the participant is not seeking MOC credit.

Attendance requirements vary from project to project. Most projects will require participants to attend at least one meeting in person. If participants attend meetings via phone or web, they will be required to participate in conversations showing they are contributing to the project.

The number of required meetings for attendance is determined by the project leader and cannot be changed after a project is approved by the review committee. Most projects will require participation in 4-6 meetings during a two-year period.

Participation in most projects is worth 25 points. Points are given after the participant completes all of the requirements for participation as determined by the project leader and outlined in the project application. Participation includes active and meaningful participation in period meetings about the project as well as participating in educational opportunities related to quality improvement. Partial credit is not awarded if only some of the requirements are met. Credit for participation will count for the participant’s current cycle at the completion of the participation requirements. Credit cannot be given prior to completion of all requirements.