Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®)

The University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology and Clinical Simulation Center offer the Simulation Course for ABA Diplomates seeking MOCA® recertification. This course will satisfy 20-25 points towards the Part 4 Improvement in Medical Practice component for primary and/or subspecialty certification, including pediatrics. This course will also provide MOCA® Patient Safety CME credits. Information regarding requirements for fulfilling MOCA® is available at the ABA website (  


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 hours
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Sample Schedule

8:00 – 8:30      Breakfast and Introductions

8:30 – 9:15      Scenario #1 and Debriefing

9:15 – 10:00    Scenario #2 and Debriefing

10:00 – 10:15  Break

10:15 – 11:00  Scenario #3 and Debriefing

11:00 – 11:45  Scenario #4 and Debriefing

11:45 – 12:15  Lunch

12:15 – 13:00  Scenario #5 and Debriefing

13:00 – 13:45  Scenario #6 and Debriefing

13:45 – 14:00  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 of 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. Specific courses for pediatric anesthesiologists are being offered twice each year. Attendance at the course will count for 20 points towards Part 4 MOCA.

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 the additional 5 MOCA Part 4 points (to total 25 points), participants will be asked to submit a personal practice evaluation to the ABA within 1-3 months following course completion. Participation in this course is not graded.


Course Location

Clinical Simulation Center – Follow this link for 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

Course Dates and registration

2023 Dates

Nov 11

2024 Dates (Registration will open soon for 2024)

March 16

May 18


Cost: $1700

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Cancellation policy

Please email Dr. Liz Putnam for inquiries

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.




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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the providership of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum 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

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For additional course information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Putnam at [email protected] or 734-936-4280.

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

For More Information

Dr. Elizabeth Putnam

Phone: 734.936.4280.