Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®)

The U-M Department of Anesthesiology and Clinical Simulation Center offer a simulation course for ABA Diplomates seeking MOCA® recertification. This course will satisfy the Part 4 Improvement in Medical Practice component. Information regarding requirements for fulfilling MOCA® is available at the ABA website. Simulation courses will continue to be a part of MOCA 2.0 beginning January 1, 2016.

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the management of significant hypoxemia from any cause, including the difficult airway.
  2. Demonstrate the management of significant hemodynamic instability.
  3. Practice up-to-date techniques in a safe learning environment.
  4. Reflect on optimal teamwork, leadership and communication skills required in crisis management.

Course Description

Duration: 6-8 hours
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Sample Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. : Breakfast and introductions
8:30 – 9:20 a.m. : Scenario #1 and debriefing
9:20 – 10:10 a.m. : Scenario #2 and debriefing
10:10 – 10:25 a.m. : Break
10:25 - 11:15 a.m. : Scenario #3 and debriefing
11:15 – 11:55 am. : Scenario #4 and debriefing
11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. : Lunch
12:30 – 1:10 p.m. : Scenario #5 and debriefing
1:10 - 1:50 p.m. :  Scenario #6 and debriefing
1:50 - 2:20 p.m. : Conclusions and course evaluation

The Simulation Course will begin with an orientation to the simulator and simulation environment. Each participant will then have the opportunity to participate in a clinical scenario as the anesthesiologist, assistant to the anesthesiologist and observer. The ABA stipulates that the course at a minimum cover the relevant topics of significant peri-operative hypoxemia and significant peri-operative hypotension. The U-M course has been created in a manner that not only incorporates these basic events, but also challenges the participant with more complex clinical events and the challenges associated with perioperative teamwork and communication. Scenarios will be followed by an interactive and instructive debriefing.

Through involvement in this course, participants are expected to implement modifications in their practice based on what was learned during the course regarding management of peri-operative hypotension, hypoxemia and crisis resource management. To receive credit for the course, participants will be required to submit a personal practice evaluation to the ABA within one to three months following course completion. Participation in this course is not graded.

Course Details


Clinical Simulation Center (UMHS directions and parking information)
University of Michigan Medical Center
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Dept. of Medical Education, Towsley G1100
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0201

Dates & Registration

The 2015 course dates are full. The course schedule for 2016 is pending. Please contact to be placed on the wait list for 2016 courses, the schedule for which will be posted in late summer 2015.

If you have previously registered for a 2015 course and have questions regarding your registration, please contact:

University of Michigan
Conferences & Events
Phone: 734-764-5297
Fax: 734-764-1557


Cost: $1600

Cancellation policy

Reservations can be cancelled up to 2 weeks prior to scheduled course date with refund offered, minus $200 processing fee. No refund will be offered if cancellation occurs within 2 weeks prior to scheduled course.


The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Travel information

Visit the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for local hotel and restaurant information.

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MOCA® and Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® are registered trademarks of the The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc.

For More Information

Dr. Lauryn Rochlen
Phone: 734.936.4280.