Stanford Maintenance of Certification in
Anesthesiology (MOCA®) Course

The Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL) 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 4 (Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement) of Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®).

Our course is delivered by leaders in anesthesia and the field of simulation-based training. It offers hands-on practice of current techniques, diagnosis and treatment of difficult anesthesia cases which also covers Crisis Resource Management (CRM) training.


  • Develop strategies to apply technical skills to appropriately diagnose and treat anesthesia emergencies.
  • Develop strategies to apply crisis resource management skills during clinical crisis situations.
  • Develop strategies to apply reflective and self-assessment skills to review and analyze clinical performance.

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.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ ( Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following this activity that may be used for license renewal.

Registration Information 

You may register here for an upcoming MOCA Course.
NOTE: This also places you on our wait list to receive immediate notification of our next available course dates.

Course Fee


Course Fee includes:

  • tuition
  • continental breakfast
  • lunch
  • CME credit
  • parking permit
  • educational materials

*Stanford Alumni reduced rate is available. Contact the Education Program Manager for details.

Payment and Refund Policies 

Faculty Instructors

Stanford University boasts a world renowned faculty who have been pioneers in the field of simulation as a methodology and are all affiliated with the Stanford University School of Medicine. As thought leaders, they have been responsible for much of the work done in the field of anesthesia simulation and hold specialized expertise in the following:

  • David Gaba, MD
    Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning
    Professor, Anesthesiology
    Course Director
  • Steven Howard, MD
    Professor, Anesthesiology
    Course Co-Director
  • Naola Austin, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Alexandra Buchanan, MD
    Director of Simulation and Education, CISL
  • Ruth Fanning, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
  • T. Kyle Harrison, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Anita Honkanen, MD
    Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Calvin Kuan, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Upcoming Course Dates

Mon, Dec 11, 2017 (FULL)
Mon, Jan 22, 2018 (FULL)
Mon, Feb 5, 2018 (FULL)
Fri, Mar 16, 2018 (FULL)
Mon, Apr 2, 2018 (FULL)
Fri, May 18, 2018 Peds-focused  

Course hours:
7:30am - 5:00pm


Isabel Costa, CISL Education Program Manager

Stanford University
Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
291 Campus Drive, Ground Floor
Stanford, CA 94305-5134