Editorial Views  |   November 2016
Commentary on the Potential of the MOCA Minute Program®
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, California.
  • Corresponding article on page 1046.
    Corresponding article on page 1046.×
  • Accepted for publication April 27, 2016.
    Accepted for publication April 27, 2016.×
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Bjork: rabjork@psych.ucla.edu
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Editorial Views / Education / CPD
Editorial Views   |   November 2016
Commentary on the Potential of the MOCA Minute Program®
Anesthesiology 11 2016, Vol.125, 844-845. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001302
Anesthesiology 11 2016, Vol.125, 844-845. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001302
FROM my perspective—as a cognitive scientist with interests in the potential of basic research findings to optimize education, and as someone who could well need the services of an anesthesiologist, hopefully an anesthesiologist who knows what to do in my particular case—I find the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) Minute® initiative impressive on multiple dimensions. First, the initiative itself is impressive, because it represents an admirable effort by the American Board of Anesthesiology to consider ways in which current recertification practices, which are clearly nonoptimal, might be upgraded. Second, the test of a pilot version of the MOCA Minute program that is reported by Sun et al. 1 in this issue is impressive from a design and analysis standpoint. As the authors emphasize, a major limitation is that the diplomates who did and did not participate in the MOCA Minute program before the MOCA Cognitive Examination could not—for both practical and ethical reasons—be randomly assigned to participate or not participate, but they cite good evidence that the two groups were comparable. Finally, the (positive) results are impressive, especially given that the intervention took 1 min once a week (plus any additional time a given diplomate may have taken in processing the feedback provided after each question) and given that the benefits of participating in the MOCA Minute program extended to test questions on topics that were not the focus of MOCA Minute questions, as well as to questions on topics that were the focus of the program.
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