Maintenance of Certification of Anesthesiology (MOCA)

Routine cases comprise the majority of what practicing anesthesiologists see regularly during day-to-day practice. However, serious or critical events, while infrequent, require prompt recognition and appropriate management. When a critical event occurs, the timely and correct response by the physician can make the difference between life and death for the patient.

Simulation training provides an important tool due to a few reasons:  

  • Simulation provides a means to recreate unusual, atypical, or rare events in order for physicians and healthcare teams to gain practice in recognizing and responding to these situations.
  • Debriefing provides an additional learning opportunity, as participants discuss with their peers their decision making, actions and teamwork.
  • Practitioner performance can be objectively assessed during standardized simulated activities.

The format of the Maintenance of Certification of Anesthesiology (MOCA) will be a live, participatory event. After an introduction to the simulation space, learners will be given a clinical scenario in the simulated OR, using a high-fidelity manikin. Participants will respond to critical events individually and as teams. Following the scenarios, structured debriefing will be led by faculty experts. The course will allow participants to reflect on their performance and discuss ways they can improve their practice in the future. The course is not pass/fail, but active participation in managing simulated patients and group discussion is required.

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Effectively manage a critical event as a “hot-seat” participant in which a patient experiences an unexpected critical hemodynamic event
  • Appropriately manage a significant case of hypoxemia, hypotension, ACLS, or difficult airway
  • Demonstrate effective communication during a perioperative crisis situation and provide self-reflection on performance during group debriefing
  • Demonstrate effective team leadership and utilize resources effectively during a crisis management scenario
  • Use examples from simulation activities and reflective debriefing to generate a practice improvement plan at his/her home institution

Registration information

Click on the date to register: 9/28/19, 10/12/19, 11/2/19

*There are a maximum of nine registrations for each course date. There are no exceptions to this limit. We can place you on a waitlist if your desired course date is full.

All of our courses run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

The course will take place at:
Prior Hall - 6th Floor
376 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
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Non-OSU Physicians/Healthcare Professionals: $1,800
OSU Faculty and Alumni: $1,600

Currently the only form of payment we can accept is check. Instructions will be emailed to you after you have registered.

Cancellation Policy

Due to costs incurred as a result of your registration transaction, a $100 cancellation fee will be assessed to your refund if you decide to cancel your registration. Refunds will only be issued if we are given two weeks or more advanced notice.

ACCME Accreditation and Designation Statements

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 joint providership of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center at the Ohio State University and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center at the Ohio State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

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

If you have any questions regarding the course please contact Kelli Kaiser at kelli.kaiser@osumc.edu or 614-292-9435. 


Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery

The SAGES Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery™ (FES) program is a comprehensive educational and assessment tool designed to teach and evaluate the fundamental knowledge, clinical judgment and technical skills required to perform basic gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic surgery (endoscopy). Our goal is to provide participants with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format, and to test cognitive and technical skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care.

FES was designed for medical and surgical residents, fellows, practicing general surgeons, gastroenterologists and other physicians to learn and test basic endoscopic skills required to form a foundation in the practice of flexible endoscopy. FES is meant to set a validated benchmark of understanding and skill in basic endoscopy.

The educational module consists of a web-based multimedia presentation of didactic content. FES measures cognitive knowledge and judgment, and uses a virtual reality platform to evaluate fundamental technical skills. Those who successfully complete both the educational and assessment components will have demonstrated the basic knowledge, judgment and technical skills fundamental to the performance of endoscopic surgery.

For more information about testing center hours and availability, please contact Lisa Lawrence at 614-293-7399.

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