SIM Courses

Pediatric MOCA Training


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 American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) requires certain quality improvement (QI) activities as part of the current Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA 2.0).


By attending a MOCA Simulation Course at an ASA-Endorsed Simulation Center (i.e. Boston Children’s Hospital), you can earn 25 MOCA QI points for attending the course and completing the online follow-up activities.  These online activities include an evaluation of the simulation, formulation of a practice improvement (PI) plan, and a follow-up report 1-3 months after the course on your progress in implementing your PI plan.  The follow-up activities are completed online at the ASA Education Center and ASA reports your participation to the ABA. We encourage candidates to visit the  ABA Site ( and ASA Site ( for more information.


This one-day immersive course offers an opportunity for anesthesiologists with different backgrounds and practices (i.e. fellowship trained, generalists, academic or private practice) to manage a wide variety of pediatric anesthesia cases in a safe environment, concentrating not only on the clinical management, but also on communication skills and team work.



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 or the desire to improve their pediatric skills. International applicants, not participating in the ABA MOCA process, will be reviewed, and approved on an individual basis. Due to the importance of communication during the simulation training, English proficiency is required.


Highlights and Objectives:

  1. Gives participants the opportunity to practice their skills on pediatric cases that are relevant to their clinical practice and enhance their experience through discussions with other participants and the course instructors while fulfilling their MOCA QI requirement.
  2. Maximizes the training experience with the use of high- fidelity pediatric simulators and task trainers.
  3. High quality debriefing by experienced pediatric anesthesia staff, didactic presentations, and training videos encourage and stimulate reflection and team discussion. At the completion of the course, all participants are expected to be able to identify areas for improvement in their personal practice and their work environment as part of their MOCA QI requirement.


Upcoming MOCA Course Dates:

November 13, 2021

May 8, 2022


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. 


Please CLICK HERE to register!

  • Course fee includes breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and educational materials. Please note, we only accept payment in the form of a check.
  • Online registration does not confirm enrollment. Enrollment will be confirmed by email upon receipt of payment. Please mail checks directly to Caitlin Mahoney.
  • Checks can be made payable to: CHMC Anesthesia Foundation
  • Mailing Address for Payment: Att. Caitlin Mahoney, 300 Longwood Avenue, Dept of Anesthesia, Boston, MA 02115
  • Cost: $1,800.00 per person
  • Group Discount: $1,700 per person
  • The group discount requires a minimum of 4 participants from the same institution. Please contact Caitlin Mahoney for more information.

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

Boston Children’s Hospital Faculty:


Feedback from Past Participants:

“I found the instructors to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful at conveying
 the information from the scenarios into real life practice."

 “I thought the course was excellent. Kudos to the staff of Boston Children's.”



For more information:

Point of Contact:  Caitlin Mahoney, MOCA Course Coordinator

MOCA 2.0 Components:

Website Links:

Boston Children’s Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine


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