Predictors of performance on the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®) examination

J Clin Anesth. 2015 Feb;27(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2014.08.007. Epub 2014 Nov 20.


Study objective: The aim of this study was to determine the independent factors associated with performance on the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) examination.

Design: Cross-sectional study.

Setting: The American Board of Anesthesiology, Raleigh, NC.

Subjects: The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) diplomates who were certified between 2000 and 2006 and had taken the MOCA examination at least once by July 2013.

Measurements: MOCA examination score for the first attempt.

Main results: Independent positive predictors for MOCA examination score in multiple regression analysis included passing the ABA Part 1 and Part 2 certification examinations on the first attempt and male sex, whereas negative predictors included history of action(s) taken against any medical license, taking the examination later in the MOCA cycle and older age at primary certification.

Conclusions: Several factors in addition to performance on the written examination for primary certification (Part 1 Examination) are independently associated with performance on the MOCA examination. Because many of these factors are not modifiable, those diplomates who possess unfavorable risk factors should pay special attention to engaging in continuing learning to prepare for the MOCA examination.

Keywords: MOCA examination; Regression analysis; The American Board of Anesthesiology; The Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesiology / education
  • Anesthesiology / standards*
  • Certification*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Measurement
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis