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

UCLA offers a one day simulation training course in anesthesia crisis management. As one of ASA’s endorsed programs, our course can be used toward Part IV (Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement) of Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®). Participation in simulation at an ASA-endorsed center is encouraged for all diplomates, however as of April 23, 2015, ABA announced MOCA 2.0 with changes in what is required for recertification. The ASA has issued a clarification to help diplomates determine if simulation is a requirement or an option:

"For diplomates whose five- or 10-year cycle ends December 31, 2015:
ABA diplomates are still required to complete one of these options for Part 4 – an ASA PPAI module, a MOCA simulation course at an ASA-endorsed center, a self-directed case evaluation, a quality improvement project through the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program or a Part 4 activity through another ABMS Member Board. If you haven’t yet completed one, you must do so before the end of this year."

"For diplomates whose five- or 10-year cycle ends in 2016 or thereafter:
A MOCA simulation course at an ASA-endorsed center will continue to count toward the Part 4 requirement in the ABA MOCA 2.0 program and will be heavily weighted. It will continue to count for five years of Part 4 credit, as it does now."

Please consult the ABA website,, for detailed MOCA® requirements and for questions related to MOCA 2.0. MOCA® and Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc.

Upcoming Courses

  • Friday, November 3, 2023 (Full)
All courses are from 8:00am-5:00pm.

CME Credit

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

What to Expect in a MOCA® Course

Watch Video

Simulation for MOCA - The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)

Please watch the Simulation for MOCA video from the ABA above to learn more about what to expect in a MOCA® course.

Course Objectives

  1. Provide management of hemodynamic and respiratory critical events in anesthesia.
  2. Practice up-to-date techniques in a safe learning environment.
  3. Reflect on optimal teamwork, leadership and communication skills required in crisis management.

"Simulation-based learning embeds the lessons of the experience deeply into the participant without risk to patients."

Randolph Steadman, M.D., Director, UCLA Simulation Center

Course Highlights

  1. Your performance will not be graded. THIS IS NOT A TEST!
  2. Experiential learning: You will be in the “hot seat” as the primary anesthesiologist for at least one scenario, and observe or help out in other scenarios
  3. Small course size: No more than 5 participants per 1 faculty instructor per course

Enrolled participants will experience or observe various clinical scenarios carefully selected to represent common and infrequent critical events in anesthesia practice. Each participant will play the role of the primary anesthesiologist for at least one scenario and observe or serve as a secondary responder for the other scenarios. Each scenario is followed by a group debriefing. Participants will refresh their skills in managing critical incidents, team interactions and resource utilization.

How to Enroll in a MOCA® Simulation Course at UCLA

For more information and to register for a course please email, or call us at (310) 267-2114.

Course Fee

Please call the UCLA Simulation at (310) 267-2114 for more information.

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

Payment Method

We accept three forms of payment:

  1. Credit card processed online
  2. Electronic checks processed online
  3. Personal checks or money orders (payable to UC Regents) mailed to:
    UCLA Simulation Center
    Attn: MOCA Simulation Course
    700 Westwood Plaza A222 LRC
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-7381

    Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is contingent upon proof of payment. A link to the online payment system will be emailed to you once we confirm there is availability in the course. You will be automatically removed from the course if payment is not received within 10 business days.

Cancellation Policy

On occasion the Simulation Center reserves the right to cancel any unfilled courses. In the event that this may occur, enrolled participants will be notified 4 weeks in advance. Participants may have the option of receiving a full refund or transfer their enrollment to the next available course date.
Processing fees will not apply to courses cancelled by the UCLA Simulation Center.

Participant Cancellation Policy

All cancellations and scheduling change request must be submitted in writing via email or letter.

A $200.00 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellations made more than 4 weeks prior to the course date will receive a full refund minus the $200 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than 4 weeks of the course date.

Scheduling Change Policy

A $200.00 processing fee will be charged for any scheduling changes. We will not be able to accommodate scheduling change request made less than 4 weeks of the course date.

Faculty Instructors

Our instructors practice at academic quaternary-care medical centers as well as affiliated community and county-based hospitals, with specialized expertise in the following areas:

  1. Anahat Dhillon, M.D. – critical care, transplant
  2. Victor Duval, M.D. – neuroanesthesia
  3. Rima Matevosian, M.D. – regional, vascular
  4. Christine Myo, M.D. – transplant, general
  5. Wendy Ren, M.D. – pediatric, general
  6. Jeffrey Rusheen, M.D. – general, regional
  7. Ali Salehi, M.D. – cardiothoracic
  8. Randolph Steadman, M.D. – transplant (adult and pediatric), internal medicine, emergency medicine, ACLS, PALS
  9. Jennifer Nguyen-Lee, M.D. - transplant, regional

Curricular development and staff support provided by Yue Ming Huang, Ed.D., M.H.S., education specialist, Sarah Petro, Roxy Khan M.P.H., Cory Soto, Nicole Robbins, Terrence Strader, Samuel E. Wilkes and Daniel Noji, simulation specialists.

Mission Statement

The mission of the UCLA Simulation Center is to improve patient safety and advance healthcare education through deliberate practice, multidisciplinary training, and innovative research using multimodal simulation technologies. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive and state-of-the-art training environment for trainees and practitioners, for individuals and teams. We accomplish this by delivering quality education and experiential training to all participants who visit our facility.