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.

Target Audience

The course is designed primarily for physician anesthesiologists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a practice improvement plan to be submitted to the ABA.
  2. Manage a patient undergoing hemodynamic and/or respiratory critical events in the perioperative setting.
  3. Describe effective teamwork, leadership, and communication skills required in crisis management.

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health EducationYour 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 7:30 AM with the day starting promptly at 7:45 AM.  Breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks and beverages will be provided.  The session is usually completed by 3:30 PM.

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.

Please use the links below for directions, maps and other information. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Duke University Health System

Duke University Medical Center

Raleigh/Durham International Airport

City of Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Explore Durham, NC

Joint Accreditation and Duke Health LogosJoint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and 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.

Provider Statement

Directly provided by the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development.

Education Credits

Category 1: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this CE activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest

Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development has implemented a process to resolve any potential conflicts of interest for each continuing education activity in order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and the content that is aligned with the interest of the public.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development to require the disclosure of anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity. All relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests and/or manufacturers must be disclosed to participants at the beginning of each activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Special Needs

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology is committed to making its activities accessible to all individuals. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please do not hesitate to notify us by phone or email in order to receive service. Please contact Brian D. Fisher, Activity Coordinator, at 919- 613-2406 or

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. Participants are responsible for arranging accommodations and transportation to and from Duke.

CAMBRiA hotel & suites Durham
CAMBRiA Hotel & Suites Durham
Map | Walking Directions to Duke
2306 Elba Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-3111

Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott – Durham/Duke University
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
1815 Front Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 309-1500

Hilton Durham
Hilton Durham
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
3800 Hillsborough Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-8033

JB Duke Hotel
JB Duke Hotel
Map | Walking Directions to Duke
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 660-6400

Millennium Hotel
Millennium Hotel
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
2800 Campus Walk Avenue
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-8575

University Inn
University Inn
Map | Walking Directions to Duke
502 Elf Street
Durham, NC 27705
(800) 313-3585

Washinton Duke Inn
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 490-0999

*Rates are subject to change without notice. Please contact the specific hotel to confirm rates.

Upcoming Course Dates

  • 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

Enjoy the Triangle

Raleigh/Durham International Airport
City of Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
Explore Durham, NC

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