MOCA Certification

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MOCA Certification

MOCA Opportunities- Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement

Cost: $1,750

Length of Course: 8 hours


Thank you for your interest in obtaining the simulation-based portion of your Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) training at the University of Virginia (UVa) Medical Simulation Center.  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 July 2010 as one of the 20 charter MOCA Centers.  This endorsement enables the Medical Simulation Center 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.

Training Description

Physicians will actively participate in realistic simulation scenarios that require management of unfavorable clinical problems and highlight teamwork skills.  The participant to instructor ration will not exceed 5 to 1 in order 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".  Following this pre-briefing, participants will focus on several case scenarios relevant to anesthesia care topics including hemodynamic events, hypoxemic crises, and teamwork skills.  Each participant will rotate through different roles in the scenario, acting as primary anesthesiologist at least once.  Session will be recorded and immediately reviewed with participants to debrief from each role's viewpoint on clinical skills and teamwork interaction.  These recordings are for the benefit of the participants only and will not be released under any circumstances.

Agenda/Course Dates

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






Monday, September 28, 8:00AM-5:30PM

Monday, November 9, 8:00AM-5:30PM

Monday, December 14, 8:00AM-5:30PM


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The Medical Simulation Center is currently taking reservation for the spring courses.  Click here to express interest in the course and be placed on our upcoming participants list. You will be contacted by a member of the center with information on the course and required deposit to hold your spot.  You may also print out the brochure and mail or fax to contact provided on form and found below.

Waitlist/Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy

Participants can cancel a reservation up until 30 days prior to their scheduled session without charge.  After this date their registration fee will not be refunded.  A rescheduled reservation will assess a $25 charge unless the spot can be filled from the wait-list.

CME Credit

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of seven AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards seven hours of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation.

Course InstructorsAnes Machine & Sim

Keith E. Littlewood

George Rich

Ashley M. Shilling

Bhiken Naik

Christopher Stemland

Sachin Mehta

Vaia Abatzis

Contact Information

MOCA Training

Medical Simulation Center

UVa School of Medicine

PO Box 800862

Charlottesville, Virginia 22908

(p)434.924.2566 (f)434.982.6419


Charlottesville is situated just 2 hours from Washington D.C. and 1.5 hours from Richmond.  Besides its own airport, the airports offered in these two cities are convenient for travel as well.

The Medical Simulation Center is located in the Ground Floor of the Claude Moore Medical Education Building.  Its physical address is:

200 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903