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The Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital Immersive Design Systems (IDS) 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. IDS is the first pediatric simulation center in U.S. 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 five 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 teamwork. 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, as well as the state-of-the art Simulation Center. This provides the opportunity to train in a real clinical setting.

Target audience

  • ABA board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists and 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 workplace. 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 course dates

  • May 7, 2023

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


Click here to register and for course availability.

  • 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 per person
  • Group discount: $1,700 per person
  • The group discount requires a minimum of four 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 percent cancellation fee will be applied to cancellations within two to four weeks of the course. Any cancellations made at or within two weeks of the course will not be refunded.
  • Courses with less than five 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 four weeks of the scheduled course. You may contact our office for course updates prior to securing your travel.

MOCA agenda

  • 8 to 8:30 a.m.: Welcome and introductions
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Scenario I/debriefing
  • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.: CRM /teamwork discussion
  • 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.: Morning break
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Scenario II/debriefing
  • 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.: Scenario III/debriefing
  • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.: Scenario IV/debriefing
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Scenario V/debriefing
  • 3:15 to 4 p.m.: Evaluations and wrapup

*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

  • Bistra G. Vlassakova, MD
  • Annette Schure, MD
  • Carlos Munoz, MD

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

~ former course participant ~

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