The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and UAB Clinical Simulation partern to 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 54 ASA endorsed centers in the United States and is the only site in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, or Louisiana. UAB will offer simulation courses for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology that count towards course attendance and completion of the ABA post-course follow-up satisfies entire Part IV MOCA requirement for the five-year cycle.

For more information about the MOCA program at UAB, please contact simulation@uabmc.edu.


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MOCA at UAB

UAB Clinical Simulation 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-5:30PM      Sample Agenda
Fee $1625 (includes $125 ASA application fee)
ASA Credit Course attendance and completion of the ABA post-course follow-up satisfies entire
Part IV MOCA requirement for the five-year cycle.
CME Credit Sponsored for CME credit by UAB Division of CME.
The University Of Alabama School Of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
Patient Safety CME This activity helps fulfill the patient safety CME requirement for Part II MOCA
requirement. Please contact the ABA, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA
requirements.
Cancellation/Refund Policy Read the full policy here


At the discretion of the course director in consultation with UAB Clinical Simulation leadership, in the event of inclement weather or other unavoidable event, we reserve the right to delay the MOCA course start time up to 2 hours and will attempt to absorb the time as is possible throughout the day.

UAB Simulation

UAB Clinical Simulation manages offers faculty development in simulation, and delivers simulation for healthcare professionals across the training level spectrum. In 2019, Clinical Simulation delivered over 35,000 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 an audiovisual system that allows 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, 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. Make sure to sample the cuisine at one of Birmingham's best restaurants . Whether you are interested in nightlife or more family-centered attractions, Birmingham has it all. ballpark ballpark1
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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.

Hilton Birmingham at UAB**  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, please contact the hotel to make arrangements.
  • Rooms include: Refrigerator, iron/ ironing board, coffee maker, The Serenity Bed, 48" TV, desk
  • Hotel pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant, and business center
  • Private parking deck; $5.00 per day parking
  • UAB rate $139 +tax/night
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
  • Rooms include: Complimentary Wi-Fi, luxurious bedding, ergonomic workstations, refrigerator, iron/ ironing board, coffee maker, 32" TV
  • Pool, business center, fitness center, on-site restaurant, laundry facilities
  • Parking: $12 per day parking deck is shared with UAB Hospital, unlimted in/out
  • UAB rate, $169 +tax/night
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: Large, oversize suite rooms with: desk, mini fridge, coffee maker,  microwave, complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary WI-FI,  and a 42” HDTV  
  • Indoor heated pool, fitness center, convenience store, laundry facilities
  • Parking Deck: $10.00 per day
  • UAB rate, $124 +tax/night
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: Complimentary Wi-fi, luxury bedding, fully stocked kitchenette (includes coffee maker, stove top, refrigerator), iron/ ironing board, 42" TV
  • Complimentary breakfast, hotel pool, fitness center, laundry facilities and dry cleaning
  • Parking:  $14 per day
  • UAB rate, $159 +tax/night
The Kelly Birmingham  Number:  205-250-7000
  • 2027 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Located approximately 4 blocks from the UAB Center for Patient Safety & Advanced Medical Simulation
  • No airport shuttle
  • Rooms include: Complimentary Wi-fi, luxurious linens, luxury bath and spacious showers, 55" TV, desk, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, blackout curtains, and in-room safe
  • Fitness center, on-site restaurant
  • Parking: Valet only, unlimited in/out, $35 +tax/day
  • No UAB rate

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