MOCA Certification


  • This simulation course is a day-long event lasting from 8AM-4PM.
  • This course will be conducted in a group format of 4-6 anesthesiologists.
  • The instructor: participant ratio will range from 1:3 to 1:4.
  • Each participant will take the primary lead role at least once throughout the day in the management of the simulated scenarios (the ABA/ASA requires that each diplomat serves in this role at least once).
  • It is important to underscore that these simulations ARE NOT A TEST AND YOU WILL NOT BE GRADED.


  • Participants will manage realistic, high-fidelity simulations which will pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of critically-ill patients. Participants will manage patients with airway, respiratory, and/or hemodynamic compromise. Once again, there will be no grading or testing involved.
  • Each simulation will be followed with a post-scenario video-debrief. The videos are used to provide a more insightful experience and all recordings are taken for the benefit of the participant, which will not be released from the center.
  • The debrief will serve as a time for self-reflection and an opportunity to initiate group discussions to help elicit effective team dynamic strategies in resolving a crisis (TeamSTEPPS®).
  • TeamSTEPPS® is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. Participants will acquire and apply many of the strategies developed by TeamSTEPPS ®in the management of a crisis including communication, leadership, mutual support, and situational monitoring.
  • We will also aim to elicit key elements that will allow the participant to transfer these strategies to their daily clinical practices.
  • Every measure will be taken to ensure that these activities are conducted in a safe and relaxed environment.


  • The MOCA® simulation course offering will cost $1,850.00 per participant.
  • UT Southwestern Faculty and Alumni are eligible for a discounted rate. Please email, before registering, to receive a coupon code.
  • Methods of payment will be by credit card.
  • The course will NOT be confirmed until at least 5 participants register for each course.
  • You will receive notification of whether or not the course is confirmed 30 days prior to the scheduled course date. The participants will be advised NOT to make any travel plans until 30 days prior to the course AND upon receiving confirmation that the course is confirmed.
  • If the minimum participation is not met, then the course will be canceled and the participants will be refunded their registration fee.
  • The course fee will include breakfast, coffee/snacks, lunch, and educational materials.


  • Any cancellations occurring greater than 30 days prior to the course will receive a full refund minus a $250 processing fee.
  • There will be NO refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the course.
  • We reserve the right to reschedule the course greater than 30 days out from the offering for any reason.
  • If the minimum participation (5 participants) is not met, then the course will be canceled at least 30 days prior to the scheduled course date.
  • These participants will be refunded their fee.
  • The course may be canceled or rescheduled due to any inclement weather.


  • Review optimal methods to manage difficult airways and hemodynamic instability as they relate to their scenarios and other comparable clinical situations.
  • Integrate improved communication and performance that reflect best practices in team dynamics as a team leader in crisis management.
  • Implement strategies to facilitate compliance with ACLS protocol and improve the functionality of code team through enhanced teamwork during intraoperative crisis.
  • Identify three principles to improve daily clinical practice based on their experiences throughout the course and develop practice improvement plans for submission to the ABA.


This simulation course will serve to improve the participant’s daily clinical practice.

Upon completion of the day-long simulation course, you will be asked to identify three key elements that will transfer and integrate into your daily practice. These will be submitted on-line to the ASA immediately upon completion of the course, and the participants will receive 20 points MOCA® Part IV credit for completion of the day's activities.  Approximately 30 days after the course, a follow-up will be conducted by the ASA via email inquiring about the implementation of these identified strategies. Upon providing a satisfactory response to this inquiry, an additional 5 points MOCA® Part IV credit will be given to total 25 points.


Ravi Bhoja, M.D. and Aditee Ambardekar, MSEd. have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Aditee Ambardekar, M.D., MSEd
Ravi Bhoja, M.D.

Course Administrator
Ashley Bowie

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
and Pain Management
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390-9068

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