MOCA® Simulation Course at Duke

Simulation Training for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®)

Duke MOCA Sim At-a-Glance:

  • ASA Approved Simulation Course for ABA MOCA® Part IV
  • Your performance will not be graded. THIS IS NOT A TEST!
  • Safe, relaxed, supportive atmosphere
  • Location: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham NC
  • Cost: $1850
  • Time: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

MOCA StoryAs an ASA endorsed program, the Duke University Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center is offering a one-day simulation training course in anesthesia crisis management that fulfills the simulation training requirement for Part IV (Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement) of Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA ®).  Completion of the course provides board-certified anesthesiologists with MOCA ® credit toward one component of Part IV. 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.

Duke HealthIn support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Your day with us will begin with a general welcome and introductions, then followed by a brief lecture on patient safety and introduction to the simulation space.  The remainder of the day will be spent performing simulated clinical scenarios carefully selected to represent common and infrequent critical events in anesthesia practice. Each simulation session will require participants to portray a member of the healthcare team (e.g. surgeon or nurse) with one diplomate acting as the anesthesiologist in charge (the ASA/ABA requires that each diplomate serve in this role at least once).  The case will then be followed by an interactive debrief focused on identifying how delegates can improve their own practice.  The day will conclude with the completion of a course evaluation.

The atmosphere for the day will be relaxed and the attire will be scrubs.  Breakfast will be available by 7:30AM with the day starting promptly at 7:45AM.  Breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks and beverages will be provided.  The session is usually completed by 3:30PM.

The facilitators and staff at the Duke Simulation and Patient Safety Center are committed to providing you with a safe, meaningful, and fun opportunity to improve your clinical practice, network with fellow anesthesiologists, and enjoy the Raleigh-Durham area.

Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please fill out the following form to begin the registration process. An HSPSC staff member will be in contact with you soon to discuss availability. 

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Course fee: $1850
Course fee includes breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and educational materials.

Payment: After submitting the form above and discussing availability with a HSPSC staff member, your registration will be confirmed once payment is received.  Checks should be made to the order of “Duke University Department of Anesthesiology” (Memo: MOCA Sim) and can be mailed to the attention of Dr. Jeff Taekman, Box 3094, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Durham, NC, 27710.

Cancellation Policy

A $200 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. A 50% cancellation fee will be applied to cancellations within 4 weeks of the course. A change in course date will be handled as a course cancellation.

NOTE: Courses with less than three confirmed participants will be cancelled by the simulation center at least one month prior to the scheduled course date. Enrolled participants will be notified and a rollover to the next course date will be offered.

There are several local hotels in the area. Particiapants are responsible for arranging accomodations and transportation to and from Duke.

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Upcoming Course Dates

  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 (Full but waitlist available)
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Friday, March 6, 2020
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020

Questions? Please Contact:

Jeffrey M. Taekman, MD
Director, Duke Human Simulation & Patient Safety Center

Elizabeth B. Malinzak, MD
MOCA Director

MOCA Director

Elizabeth B. Malinzak, MD

Faculty Instructors

Nicole Guinn, MD
Brad Taicher, MD
Abigail Melnick, MD
Quintin Quinones, MD
Elizabeth Malinzak, MD
Eugene Moretti, MD
John Lemm, MD
John Eck, MD
Nancy Knudsen, MD

Directions to the Center

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Duke University Medical Center
Raleigh/Durham International Airport
City of Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau

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