Welcome to the MOCA site of the BIDMC’s Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center of the Harvard Medical School. Thank you for choosing our center. We look forward to seeing you soon for the Part IV Training in Simulation to attain MOCA certification. Please review the following directions to make your experience smooth and enjoyable.
Who are you, the participants? We see recent graduates and seasoned
veterans, anesthetists from private practice and academic centers. Some are
“grandfathered” and taking MOCA for fun; others are reluctant participants
who have waited until the last possible minute. All are anesthesiologists
with a passion for their job and with wisdom to share with others.
There is nothing to read or to prepare prior to arrival for the MOCA
simulation course. We hope that you will participate in several simulated
clinical experiences; that you will provide anesthesia care; and that you
will behave as you do in your present position. Scrubs will be provided.
Food and beverages will be provided. An orientation to the mannequin and
the clinical space will precede the session.
The Course Schedule
The MOCA course is 6 hours. Please arrive on time. A course outline will be
provided. An introduction will review the participant requirements for MOCA
certification, the course requirements as stipulated by the ASA, and the
guiding principles of team training.
The simulations will involve whole body mannequins in a realistic clinical
scenario. The mannequins breathe, blink and talk. The anesthesia machines
and monitors work. Drugs and fluids can be administered to the mannequin
patient. Surgeons, nurses and other personnel are available to help. We
will try to provide an immersive experience that feels like a real clinical
Following each scenario will be a structured debriefing, which focusses on
the elements of team work and communication during the scenario. Video
review will be involved. The analysis is not evaluative. The analysis is
not punitive. All the participants and debriefers will draw from their
collective experiences, which include mistakes, to form elements of
clinical management during a crisis.
Before you leave our center, you will contact the ASA and complete the
survey to start the process of MOCA certification. Specialists will get you
to the proper ASA website and guide you through the survey that is your
first step to MOCA Simulation certification. We do this because the ASA
requires that all MOCA participants complete the survey process within 90
days or run the risk of losing credit for the simulation training. We want
you to get full credit.
We look forward to meeting you and hope to provide a fun, realistic,
stimulating, thought-provoking and valuable simulator experience. Please
contact us if you have any questions.