SIM Courses

Anesthesia Pediatric Simulation Training for Maintenance of Certification (MOCA)


Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program are proud to offer one-day Pediatric MOCA Simulation courses in crisis management devoted to pediatric anesthesia. Simulation training has become a mandatory part of education for all anesthesia training programs. The Simulation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is the first pediatric simulation center in United States to be endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The course fulfills one of the requirements of Part IV of the ABA MOCA Program. (Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia). Board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists and general anesthesia practitioners who complete this course can receive 20 points toward Part IV of their American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia (MOCA®) requirement and 5 additional points for completing the post-course survey and 30-day follow-up to document practice improvements.
We offer one day immersive courses for anesthesia providers where they have the opportunity to manage a wide variety of pediatric anesthesia cases, concentrating not only on the clinical management, but also on improving their communication skills and team work. These skills are vital for safe and optimal patient care.


Our courses are “in-situ”- they take place in an actual operating room and PACU setting at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as the state-of-the art Simulation Center. This provides the opportunity to train in a real clinical setting.

Target Audience:

Practicing pediatric anesthesiologists as well as general practitioners, with special interest in pediatric anesthesia and interested in improving their pediatric skills.

External registrants need to be reviewed and approved prior to acceptance. Due to the intensity of transaction needed for simulation training, English proficiency is required.

Highlights and Objectives:

⇒ Gives participants the opportunity to practice their skills on pediatric cases that are relevant to their clinical practice, and exchange experiences with other trainees and the course training staff while fulfilling their MOCA simulation requirement.

⇒ Maximizes the training experience with the use of high fidelity pediatric simulators and task trainers.

⇒ High quality debriefing by experienced pediatric anesthesia staff,, didactic presentations, training videos and performance enhancing games. This allows the participants a chance to share experiences from their clinical practices as well as to identify areas for improvement in their personal practice and at their work place. At the end of the course we expect the participant to identify areas of improvement and new safety initiatives they can utilize in their institutions, also part of the ABA practice improvement goals.

Upcoming MOCA Dates:

NOTE: No upcoming courses are scheduled at this time.  To be added to our email list about future course offerings, please email

*6 participants per session is the maximum in order to enhance the individual learning experience.
Space is limited and we recommend registering early.


NOTE: Currently, there are no upcoming courses. Standard course information is provided below for when MOCA courses return:

  • Course fee includes breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and educational materials.
  • Online registration does not confirm enrollment.
  • Enrollment will be confirmed by email upon receipt of payment. Please note, we only accept payment in the form of a check.
  • Cost: $1,700.00 per person
  • Group Discount: $1,600 per personThe group discount requires a minimum of 4 participants from the same institution.

Please contact Yuen Ng, MOCA course coordinator for more information at

Cancellation Policy:

A $200 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. A 50% cancellation fee will be applied to cancellations within 2-4 weeks of the course. Any cancellations made at or within 2 weeks of the course will not be refunded.

Courses with less than 5 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. Boston Children’s Hospital reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity within 30 days of the course date due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, Boston Children’s Hospital will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. If a program is filled or canceled, preregistered participants will be notified within 4 weeks of the scheduled course. You may contact our office for course updates prior to securing your travel.


8:00- 8:30: Welcome, Introductions
8:30- 9:30: Scenario I/ Debriefing
9:30- 10:15: CRM / Team Work Discussion
10:15- 10:30: Morning Break
10:30- 11:30: Scenario II/ Debriefing
11:30- 12:30: Scenario III/ Debriefing
12:30- 13:15: Lunch
13:15- 14:15: Scenario IV/ Debriefing
14:15- 15:15: Scenario V/ Debriefing
15:15- 16:00: Evaluations, Wrap Up
*Please note, the agenda is subject to change without notice.
No grades are given; this experience is designed for learning and is non-evaluative.

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


Annette Schure
Bistra Vlassakova
Carlos Munoz
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