Course Offerings

May 6, 2017 (full)
July 15, 2017 (full)
September 30, 2017
December 9, 2017
February 3, 2018
March 31, 2018
May 12, 2018

Contact

For more information please contact:

Erin Blanchard
erinblanchard@uab.edu
(205) 996-0604
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The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and the Office of Interprofessional Simulation (OIPS) will now offer courses for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA).

The UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is pleased to announce American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) endorsement of their simulation program. UAB has recently become one of only 43 ASA endorsed centers in the United States and is the only site in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, or Louisiana. UAB will offer simulation courses for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology that count towards Part IV of the anesthesiologist’s recertification process. Participants will receive 25 credits for course participation. UAB’s one-day simulation course will satisfy the entire Part IV MOCA requirement for the five-year cycle.

MOCA at UAB

The UAB Office of Interprofessional Simulation (OIPS) offers high-fidelity, immersive simulations tailored for individual participants in a controlled clinical setting. Anesthesiologists will practice crisis resource management techniques followed by deliberate feedback with simulation-trained experts. The setting is professional, yet relaxed, where there are no mistakes, just opportunities for learning. Scenarios have been developed to be fair, yet challenging enough for the experienced board-certified anesthesiologist. Participants attending this MOCA simulation course can expect small class sizes and courteous staff who are respectful of the participants’ busy schedules.

Course Details  
Saturdays, 8:00AM-5:00PM        Sample Agenda
Fee $1600 (includes $100 ASA application fee)
ASA Credit 25 Credits.  Satisfies entire Part IV MOCA requirement for the five-year cycle
CME Credit 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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UAB Simulation

The UAB Office of Interprofessional Simulation (OIPS) is a joint venture between the UAB Health System and University. OIPS manages two simulation centers, offers faculty development in simulation, and delivers simulation for healthcare professionals across the training level spectrum. In 2015, OIPS delivered over 17,000 hours of simulation at UAB. Anesthesiologists attending this MOCA simulation course can expect a high-caliber simulation experience. Participants will practice crisis resource management techniques followed by debriefing with simulation-trained experts.

The simulated operating room at UAB Center for Patient Safety and Advanced Medical Simulation is a state of the art facility that features an HPS Human Patient Simulator (CAE Healthcare). The patient simulator includes a drug recognition system that allows for realistic responses to medications via computer-based physiologic modeling. The simulator has heart and lung sounds, pulses, unilateral or bilateral chest rise and fall, lungs that consume oxygen and produce carbon dioxide, reactive pupils and blinking eyes, and includes a gas analyzer that allows appropriate responses to various gases (e.g., oxygen, air, and volatile anesthetics). A variety of procedures can be performed on the simulator including defibrillation, cricothyrotomy, tube thoracostomy, needle thoracostomy, and pericardiocentesis. The airway can be manipulated (e.g., tongue swelling, pharyngeal obstruction, laryngospasm, and bronchospasm) to simulate realistic airway scenarios.

The patient simulator is operated from an adjacent control room that also houses a SimCapture audiovisual system (B-Line Medical). This audiovisual system allow for live-streaming, video capture, and video playback of simulated scenarios. In addition to the patient simulator, the simulated operating room is equipped with a fully stocked anesthesia cart, a difficult airway cart (including fiber-optic intubation), video laryngoscope, and standard operating room tables, equipment, and supplies. The anesthesia machine is a fully functioning GE Anesthesia Delivery Unit (ADU) with integrated monitoring that connects to the patient simulator. A peripheral nerve stimulator may also be used to monitor thumb twitches based on degree of neuromuscular blockade.

For scenarios that occur out of the operating room, other hi-fidelity simulated patient rooms are available in the Center. These rooms utilize a variety of patient simulators including iStan (CAE Healthcare) and SimMan® 3G (Laerdal). For simulations involving parturients, SimMom® (Laerdal) is also available.

About Birmingham

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A new generation of Alabamians has gained interest in revitalizing the heart of downtown Birmingham. The new Regions Park Baseball Stadium, Railroad Park, several local breweries, and loft apartments are changing the face of the city. Nationally-renowned restaurants are located just minutes from Downtown in the historic Five Points South area. Whether you are interested in nightlife or more family-centered attractions, Birmingham has it all. ballparkballpark1
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Hotels & Directions

We highly recommend that you make your reservation at one of the hotels below. Contact your hotel for driving directions into the city and to their locations.
**Denotes preferred hotels located within walking distance of the UAB MOCA Course.

Doubletree Hotel**  Number: 205-933-9000
  • 808 20th Street South Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Located 2 blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • Complimentary airport shuttle to and from hotel
  • First shuttle begins in the morning at 5:30 AM and the last shuttle runs at 11:00 PM. If you will be outside this time window, contact the hotel and they can make arrangements.
  • Rooms include: Refrigerator, iron/ ironing board, coffee maker, Serta pillow top mattresses and custom bedding made specifically for Doubletree Hotels
  • Private parking deck; $5.00 per day parking
  • Hotel pool and work out area
Courtyard Marriott at UAB **   Number: 205-254-0004
  • 1820 5th Ave South  Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Connected to UAB Hospital; Located two blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • $6.00 per day parking/deck is shared with UAB Hospital
SpringHill Suites Downtown at UAB   Number: 205-322-8600 or 205-706-7477
  • 2024 4th Avenue South, Birmingham AL 35233
  • Located 4 blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • Complimentary UAB and airport shuttle to and from hotel
  • To schedule pickup or drop-offs contact the front desk
  • Rooms include: Free hot breakfast, free WI-FI,  42” HDTV with computer hookups, and large oversize suite rooms with mini fridge, and microwave
  • Parking Deck: $10.00 per day
  • Indoor heated pool, and fitness center
Residence Inn **   Number:  205-731-9595
  • 821 20th Street South
  • Located 2 blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • Rooms include: Luxury bedding, fully stocked kitchenette (includes coffee maker, stove top, refrigerator), iron/ ironing board
  • Parking:  $10 per day
  • Weight room, hotel pool and business center
Hotel Highland    Number:  271-5800
  • 1023 20th Street South Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Located 4 blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • No airport shuttle/ No UAB shuttle
  • Valet parking $18.00 per day
  • Continental breakfast
  • Business center available
Sheraton Hotel  Number:  205-307-3033
  • 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North Birmingham, AL 35203
  • AKA: 2101 21st Street N Birmingham, AL 35203 
  • Located approximately 13 blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • Shuttle to and from UAB; Shuttle leaves for UAB at 7:30 AM. If an earlier shuttle is needed that can be arranged with the hotel
  • Airport shuttle is available from 5:30 AM  - 11:30 PM



Directions to the Center for Patient Safety and Advanced Medical Simulation (QBT 3)

From 19th St. S Jefferson Tower Entrance From 20th St. S Old Hillman Entrance
From 6th Ave. Parking Deck From 4th Ave. Parking Deck

        Map and Parking Locations