MOCA Certification

Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement

May 13, 2024

May 17, 2024

December 9, 2024

December 13, 2024

December 16, 2024

Disclaimer: Participants will be notified a minimum of 30 days in advance if we are unable to hold the course due to lack of attendance.

Cost: $1,750

Length of Course: 8 hours

Each simulation training program will be offered in a single, eight-hour session with breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided.   Please check back often as future sessions will be added.

If you’d like to be notified of future courses, please email


Thank you for your interest in obtaining the simulation-based portion of your Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) training at the University of Virginia (UVa) Medical Simulation Center.  The inclusion of simulation education as a Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement activity by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) highlights the importance of simulation-based education for the practicing anesthesiologist.  The center proudly received endorsement by the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) in July 2010 as one of the 20 charter MOCA Centers.  This endorsement enables the Medical Simulation Center to serve the national community through involvement in MOCA simulation initiatives and as a member of the ASA Simulation Education Network.  The center is happy to offer a first-rate, value-oriented educational course in a high-fidelity simulated environment specifically designed for ASA members.  This simulation course fulfills one requirement of the ABA’s MOCA Program Part IV.  Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA requirements.

Training Description

Physicians will actively participate in realistic simulation scenarios that require management of unfavorable clinical problems and highlight teamwork skills.  The participant to instructor ration will not exceed 5 to 1 in order ensure a quality learning experience.  Every course for participants without simulation experience begins with pre-briefing to discuss the educational goals and objectives.  Additionally, participants are introduced to the simulator capabilities in order to have knowledge of a baseline physical exam on a “healthy simulation”.  Following this pre-briefing, participants will focus on several case scenarios relevant to anesthesia care topics including hemodynamic events, hypoxemic crises, and teamwork skills.  Each participant will rotate through different roles in the scenario, acting as primary anesthesiologist at least once.  Session will be recorded and immediately reviewed with participants to debrief from each role’s viewpoint on clinical skills and teamwork interaction.  These recordings are for the benefit of the participants only and will not be released under any circumstances.

Waitlist/Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy

Upon receipt of registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. Registration fees will be refunded (less a $50 administrative fee) for written cancelations (emails are accepted) received a minimum of 14 days prior to the activity date. No refunds will be granted for registration fees of less than $50 or for cancelations made within 13 days of the activity.

You may choose to reschedule for a MOCA date within six months, for which no extra fee will be incurred. The University of Virginia School of Medicine reserves the right to cancel CME activities if necessary. In this case, the entire registration fee will be refunded. All other expenses incurred in conjunction with this CME activity are the sole responsibility of the participant.

CME Credit

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of seven AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards seven hours of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation.

Course Instructors

  • Ruchik Sharma, MD
  • Jessica Sheeran, MD
  • Keith E. Littlewood, MD
  • Christopher Stemland, MD
  • Vaia Abatzis, MD

Contact Information

MOCA Training
Medical Simulation Center
UVa School of Medicine
PO Box 800862
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
(p)434.243.3959 (f)434.982.6419


Charlottesville is situated just 2 hours from Washington D.C. and 1.5 hours from Richmond.  Besides its own airport, the airports offered in these two cities are convenient for travel as well.

The Medical Simulation Center is located in the Ground Floor of the Claude Moore Medical Education Building.  Its physical address is:

200 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903