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Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of the American Board of Anesthesiology®. This simulation course fulfills one requirement of Part IV of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology  Program (MOCA®) of The American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA). Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA requirements.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Countinuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


$1,600*  (In addition, $100 ASA processing fee will be charged.)
* Inquire about discounted rates for groups, VU resident alumni and faculty

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Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology, in partnership with the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, offers realistic, immersive patient simulation education for ABA Diplomates seeking to fulfill their Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) requirement for the American Board of Anesthesiologists® (ABA) Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) Program. This course fulfills the simulation education requirement of Part 4 of MOCA®

The VUMC simulation program has been endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Committee on Simulation Education to provide high quality training to ASA members. To achieve the endorsement, CELA met strict criteria, including having well-documented educational offerings and curriculum, established instructor competency, strong leadership, and the equipment, facilities, personnel to provide sophisticated training. Learn more about CELA by visiting their website: cela.mc.vanderbilt.edu

Participants will have an orientation to the simulation equipment before providing care to simulated patients. Each participant will take the lead as the primary decision maker on at least one simulated event. Simulations typically include the use of a high-fidelity patient simulator (such as Laerdal SimMan 3G™) as well as simulated clinicians and/or patients (actors with scripted roles) and routine clinical equipment.

Learning Objectives

Course Highlights

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 communicatin skills required during crisis management.
  4. Perform an effective handover.
  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: 4-6 participants with 2-3 instructors per course


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  • Sept 14, 2019

All training is conducted at the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

ASA Clarification of High-Fidelity Simulation Requirement under ABA MOCA 2.0

A MOCA simulation course at an ASA-endorsed center will continue to count toward the Part 4 requirement in the ABA MOCA 2.0 program and will be heavily weighted.


Beverly Fletcher
Phone: (615) 936-2454
Fax: (615)615-936-7059

MOCA brochure (PDF)



Arna Banerjee, MD
(Course Director)

Jane Easdown, MD 
oug Hester, MD
Elisabeth Hughes, MD
Matthew Weinger, MD

CME Statement

It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity. Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.