Simulation in Anesthesia for the Practicing Anesthesiologist

MOCA® Simulation Course

Course Description

Simulation in Anesthesia for the Practicing Anesthesiologist is a one-day, immersive, experiential learning course that fulfills the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) Part IV (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement) simulation education requirement. Course participants will experience and observe difficult patient-care challenges that occur frequently or infrequently in clinical practice, present substantial risk to patients, and require teamwork, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. Each participant will play the role of the responsible anesthesia provider for at least one scenario and observe or serve as a secondary responder for other scenarios. All scenarios are followed by an instructor-guided, group debriefing. During the course, participants refresh their skills in managing critical events, leading and participating in team interactions, and organizing and utilizing various available resources, conducted in a safe, relaxed, and supportive learning environment. There is no test or grade for this course!

Course At-a-Glance

  • ASA simulation course for ABA MOCA® Part IV credit
  • Safe, relaxed, supportive learning environment.  No tests!  No grades!
  • You will be active and have fun.
  • Location:  UW Health Simulation Center, Madison, WI
  • Cost: $1850
  • Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Attire: Scrubs
  • Food and CME credits (up to 7.5 hours) included.

Upcoming Course Dates

Click here to register for a session: MOCA Registration

Who Should Take This Course?

  1. Practicing anesthesiologists seeking to review and improve their knowledge and management and communication skills through simulation-based critical event exposure.
  2. American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) diplomats seeking to fulfill their Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) Part IV simulation education requirement.

Course Goals

  1. Review basic principles of crew and crisis resource management and team communication in the context of the practice of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.
  2. Immerse learners in difficult patient-care challenges that occur frequently or infrequently in clinical practice and present substantial risk of patient morbidity or mortality.
  3. Expose through instructor-facilitated, reflective debriefing, personal or system-based targets suitable for personal skill, knowledge, practice pattern, or quality improvement initiatives.
  4. Fulfill the Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) Part IV simulation education requirement of the ABA MOCA® program.

Course Objectives

  1. List three basic principles of crew and crisis resource management.
  2. Discuss the basic principles and clinical management of critical events and challenges presented during the course.
  3. Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills.
  4. Identify targets for personal or systems-based practice improvement.


Class sizes are limited. Advanced registration is required. No on-site registration.

Discounts for current UWSMPH faculty, UW Anesthesiology Residency alumni, and groups (≥ 4 learners) are available. For discount information, please contact Kristin Bevil, MD.

All pricing includes parking, breakfast, lunch, course materials, and CME credits.

We currently cannot accept payments online, so after registration you can either mail payment via check, or provide credit card information through contact with the Simulation Program office. Payments received within 7 business days will be credited to the registration date. We reserve the right to cancel the registration if payment is not received within 7 business days.

Cancellation Policy

Course Cancellation: A minimum of three learners is required to run a course session. If three learners have not registered within three weeks of the course session date, the course session will be canceled and a full refund of registration fees will be returned to each registered learner. Alternatively, the registered learner may apply paid funds towards registration in a future course session.

Learner Cancellation: All learner cancellations must be received in writing via either email or by a mailed letter. The cancellation date is based on the date the email is received or the post-mark date of the mailed letter. A full refund (minus a $200 cancellation fee) will be provided for all cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the course date. Given the small class size, last minute cancellations can significantly impact the learning experience for other course registrants. Therefore, late learner cancellations are strongly discouraged. Learner cancellations at or within 30 days of the course date will not be refunded (exception: if a cancelling learner is able to find another person to fill their slot, a full refund of the course fee, minus the $200 cancellation fee, will be provided).


Participants are responsible for arranging lodging and transportation to and from the UW Health Simulation Center as needed. There are several local hotels in the area.

Accreditation Statement

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 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.

MOCA® Credit Statement

The Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program is an American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)-endorsed center offering a one-day simulation training course in anesthesia crisis management that fulfills the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) Part IV simulation education requirement. Completion of the course provides board-certified anesthesiologists with MOCA® credit for one Part IV component. 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.

Policy on Disclosure

It is the policy of UW Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CME/MOCA® activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CME/MOCA® staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Detailed disclosures will be made in the activity handout materials.

MOCA® Course Director

Kristin Bevil, MD

Faculty Instructors

Kristin Bevil, MD

Colin Boettcher, MD

Michael Hannaman, MD

Karl Willmann, MD

Karin Zuegge, MD

Course and Center Staff

Nicole Cardamone

Shannon DiMarco

Mark Johanneck

Cathy Means, MS

Elizabeth Mullikin, MS

Erick Przybylski

Mallory Schultz

Gina Tranel


8 hours (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Typical Schedule

  • 7:45 am Check-in and breakfast
  • 8:00 am Welcome and Introductions
  • Learning space familiarization
  • Crisis resource management, team work, and communication lecture
  • 9:00 am Scenario #1 and debriefing
  • 9:50 am Break
  • 10:00 am Scenario #2 and debriefing
  • 10:50 am Break
  • 11:00 am Scenario #3 and debriefing
  • 11:50 am Lunch with group PPAI discussion
  • 12:45 pm Scenario #4 and debriefing
  • 1:35 pm Break
  • 1:45 pm Scenario #5 and debriefing
  • 2:35 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm Scenario #6 and debriefing
  • 3:30 pm Course wrap up, evaluations, and review of learning
  • 4:00 pm Course adjournment

Useful Links

UW Health Clinical Simulation Program (

ASA FAQs about simulation courses offered for Part IV MOCA® credit (

ABA MOCA® website (