MAPS: MOCA Certification

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Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement

Cost: $1800


The inclusion of simulation education as a Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement activity by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) highlights the importance of simulation-based education for the practicing anesthesiologist. The center proudly received endorsement by the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) in December 2013. This endorsement enables the Maryland Anesthesiology Program in Simulation to serve the national community through involvement in MOCA simulation initiatives and as a member of the ASA Simulation Education Network. The center is happy to offer a first-rate, value-oriented educational course in a high-fidelity simulated environment specifically designed for ASA members. This simulation course fulfills one requirement of the ABA's MOCA Program Part IV. Please consult the ABA website for a list of all MOCA requirements to board-certified anesthesiologists as they enter into the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) process. Our goal will be to fulfill the Part IV Simulation education course requirements as stated in the ABA’s MOCA process. 

Training Description


Physicians will actively participate in realistic simulation scenarios that require management of airway events, (hypoxia, hypoventilation, hypocarbia, etc.), as well as hemodynamic compromise. These sessions will include the practical application of algorithms to manage perioperative events as well as highlight teamwork skills. In every course, participants will actively manage realistic simulation scenarios that can demonstrate their clinical and technical skills, as well as their ability to engage in teamwork and communication. The participant to instructor ratio will ensure a quality learning experience. 

Every course for participants without simulation experience begins with pre-briefing to discuss the educational goals and objectives. Additionally, participants are introduced to the simulator capabilities in order to have knowledge of a baseline physical exam on a "healthy simulation". 

Each scenario will be immediately followed by a debriefing that will include review of the relevant clinical and technical actions as well as the examples of team dynamics and communication skills. All video recordings are for the benefit of the participant and will not be released, and will be used to complement the debriefing experience.  Each participant will rotate through different roles in the scenario, acting as primary anesthesiologist (“hot seat”) at least once. 


Each simulation training program will be offered in a single one day session with breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided. Please check back often as future sessions will be added.


Learning Objectives

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Manage a patient undergoing anesthesia who experiences a hemodynamic critical event.
  2. Manage a patient undergoing anesthesia who experiences a respiratory critical event.
  3. Describe and discuss optimal teamwork, leadership and communication skills required during crisis management.
  4. Perform an effective handover.

Course Highlights

  1. Your performance will not be graded. THIS IS NOT A TEST!
  2. Experiential learning: You will be in the “hot seat” as the primary anesthesiologist for at least one scenario
  3. Small course size


  • 7:30-8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast – Sign in
  • 8:00-8:30 am: Introduction to course and simulation mannequins/equipment
  • 8:30-10:00 am: Skills training
  • 10:00-10:30 am: Principles of Crew Resource Management
  • 10:30-11:00 am: Scenario
  • 11:00-11:30 am: Debriefing
  • 11:30-12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 12:15-1:15 pm: Scenario 1 + Debriefing
  • 1:15-2:15 pm: Scenario 2 + Debriefing
  • 2:15-3:15 pm: Scenario 3 + Debriefing
  • 3:15-3:30 pm: Wrap up


Please register today to ensure your space in an upcoming course.  Courses with less than 6 confirmed participants will be cancelled at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled course date.  Should this occur, enrolled participants will be notified and a full refund or rollover to an alternate course date will be offered.  Processing fees will not apply to courses cancelled due to low enrollment.

Course Dates

To register click on date below.  


Participants can cancel a course registration for a full refund ONLY if cancellation is made greater than 30 days prior to course date. On the 30th day before and up until the course, registration fee will not be refunded.

Participants who choose to reschedule at a later date will be assessed a $125.00 for each time they choose to reschedule a MOCA course.

Any participant who chooses to reschedule, must do so within six months of the original registration date.



The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation 

The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.