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

2024 MOCA Course Dates

Saturday, September 14, 2024
View September registration

Saturday, November 23, 2024
View November registration

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.

Any course that does not have a minimum of 5 confirmed participants will be canceled. Enrolled participants will be notified of cancellation at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled course and refunds or re-registration at a later date will be offered. In the event that a course is canceled, the Clinical Skills Center is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants.

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.


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 or 614-247-6415.