Cooper University Hospital MOCA® Simulation Course

Cooper University Hospital MOCA® Simulation Course

The Cooper University Hospital Simulation Laboratory offers leadership in the use of simulation technologies and is dedicated to advancing healthcare provider education and patient safety.

The Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) course offers immersive simulation education endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) for ABA Diplomates seeking to fulfill their Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) requirement for MOCA. The simulation course fulfills one requirement of the ABA MOCA Program.

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

On April 23, 2015, the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) announced changes to the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0. In the ABA MOCA 2.0 program, high- fidelity simulation will be strongly encouraged as the ABA considers it a valuable educational tool, but it will no longer be required as of January 1, 2016. More than 90% of the 5,000 diplomates who have participated in a MOCA simulation course reported the experience to be relevant and result in practice improvements.

The ABA is developing a point system for Part 4 activities that will include the addition of a variety of options to meet the Part 4: Improvement in Medical Practice requirement while providing flexibility that allows diplomates opportunities to complete activities relevant to their practice. These activities will be weighted based on the time and effort associated with completing them and simulation will remain a heavily weighted, Part 4 option. In addition, in the ABA MOCA 2.0 program, diplomates will have the option to participate in a MOCA simulation course for Part 4 credit within both five-year periods of the 10-year MOCA cycle. The ABA will provide additional information later this summer on Part 4 activities and their weighting.

In the interim, the current ABA MOCA program remains in effect until December 31, 2015 and diplomates may need to fulfill the following requirements based on when their certificates expire:

For diplomates whose five- or 10-year cycle ends December 31, 2015:

ABA diplomates are still required to complete one of these options for Part 4 – an ASA PPAI module, a MOCA simulation course at an ASA-endorsed center, a self-directed case evaluation, a quality improvement project through the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program or a Part 4 activity through another ABMS Member Board. If you haven’t yet completed one, you must do so before the end of this year.

For diplomates whose five- or 10-year cycle ends in 2016 or thereafter:

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. It will continue to count for five years of Part 4 credit, as it does now.

Please consult the ABA website ( for a list of all other MOCA requirements. MOCA and Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc.

When registration opens, courses will be available here.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop strategies to apply technical skills to appropriately diagnose and treat anesthesia emergencies.
  • Develop strategies to apply crisis resource management skills during clinical crisis situations.
  • Provide management of hemodynamic and respiratory critical events in anesthesia.
  • Practice up-to-date techniques in a safe, learning environment.
  • Reflect on optimal teamwork, leadership, and communication skills required in crisis management.
  • Develop strategies to apply reflective and self-assessment skills to review and analysis of clinical performance.

Course Highlights:

  • Your performance will not be graded. THIS IS NOT A TEST!
  • Experiential learning: You will be in the “hot seat” as the primary anesthesiologist for at least one scenario.
  • Small class size with a participant to instructor ratio of 4:1.

Course Director:
Amanda R. Burden, MD
Associate Professor of  Anesthesiology
Director of Clinical Skills and Simulation
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Cooper University Hospital

The intended audience for this course is board certified anesthesiologists.

CMSRU is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Simulation Education Network and is endorsed to provide MOCA Simulation Courses that satisfy the simulation component of Part IV MOCA.

If you have any questions about course content or the course itself, please contact Amanda Burden, MD at 856.968.7334.

Cancelation Policy: Registrant cancellations more than one month prior to the course date will receive a full refund minus a $250.00 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days of the course. The Cooper Health System reserves the right to cancel this conference due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

*Course times are subject to change. All changes in class times/schedule will be sent to the participants by e-mail.


The Cooper Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Cooper Health System takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The Cooper Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


All faculty and planning committee members participating in CME activities sponsored by The Cooper Health System are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation.

All faculty and planning committee members related to this conference have indicated that they have no relevant financial interests/arrangements or affiliations with a commercial interest to disclose that may have an impact on this CME activity.

For any registration questions call 856.968.7334