Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine

Pediatric Anesthesiology MOCA Simulation Course with AHA PALS Recertification

Provided by Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital Simulation Center  
19 th floor Feigin Tower  
1102 Bates Avenue  
Houston, Texas 77030


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Lisa Caplan MD, FASA


MOCA Course Dates* Early Registration Discount Deadline**
11/4/23 8/4/23
4/27/24 1/27/24
9/20/24 6/20/24
11/16/24 8/16/24


*All courses are on Saturdays with the exception of 9/20/24 which is a Friday

** This is a $200 discount if booked on or before the deadline date

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the lecture, the participants should be better able to:

  • Utilize effective Crisis Resource Management principles and team communication during a critical pediatric perioperative incident
  • Recognize the anesthetic implications of common ethical situations during critical medical events within the pediatric perioperative environment
  • Develop an effective management plan for critical medical events within the pediatric perioperative environment
  • Perform effective pediatric resuscitation during a critical medical event within the perioperative environment

Target Audience

Physicians, residents, fellows, and other healthcare professionals

Our course is held in the well-appointed Texas Children’s Hospital Simulation Center. Your sessions will be held in a modern high-fidelity medical simulation theater and conference room.

We realize that this activity may make you feel uncomfortable. All debriefing sessions will occur with the strictness amount of confidentiality from the faculty and participants. In addition, since the main purpose of this activity is future improvement, participants are NOT graded on their performance at any time.

We will provide you with a detailed orientation process to medical simulation and all of the equipment you may utilize prior to any instruction.

This Course will be in strict compliance with our institution’s COVID-19 policies which include:

  • Temperature screening upon entering our building
  • Wearing of face mask and eye protection during all training activities
  • Maintaining social distancing during all activities
  • Individual packaging of all food items
  • Disinfecting all equipment and classroom area

Highlights of our MOCA Course

  • Topics designed equally for BOTH GENERAL and PEDIATRIC Anesthesiologists
  • Anesthesiology topics and teamwork principles are equally emphasized
  • Activities are designed to promote active participation
  • All ABA/ASA Endorsed Simulation program course requirements have been incorporated in order to receive the maximum 25 MOCA 2.0 Part 4 points
  • Participants will receive a new AHA PALS Provider card upon successful completion of the course [and prior completion of the on-line PALS HeartCode module]
  • All participants will receive an AHA PALS pocket reference card and complimentary access to the PALS HeartCode module
  • All participants will function as the lead physician at least ONCE
  • Confidential debriefing sessions will occur after all simulation exercises
  • Participants are NOT graded on their performance at any time
  • Course length is a minimum of 6 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided
  • Parking is included and is located at an adjacent building to our Simulation Cente

Why you should participate in our Endorsed MOCA Course?

  • We offer a $200 Early Registration Discount for courses booked by the deadline
  • One of only 3 Endorsed programs which focus on pediatric anesthesiology topics
  • This MOCA Simulation Course is designed for the pediatric anesthesiologist and general anesthesiologist that cares for pediatric patients
  • This course is Fully Endorsed by the ASA/ABA to offer MOCA 2.0 Part 4 simulation courses
  • All simulation faculty are board-certified in pediatric anesthesiology, have received specialized training in medical simulation, and most are AHA PALS Instructors
  • This course takes place in the well-appointed Texas Children’s Hospital Simulation Center
  • Our location in Houston, Texas offers great flexibility if travel is required from most parts of the country
  • Upon completion of this course and the follow-up evaluation, participants will receive 25 points towards their MOCA 2.0 Part 4 requirements [which is the entire amount for a 5-year period]

Our course schedule has been designed to provide the highest level of educational instruction while still providing the flexibility for participants needing to travel into Houston, Texas.

  • 7:30 - 7:45 - Welcome, Introductions, Review of critical medical equipment
  • 7:45 - 8:15 - Lecture: Orientation to Medical Simulation
  • 8:15 - 9:15 - Simulation Scenario 1
  • 9:15 - 10:00 - Lecture: Crisis Resource Management, Team Communication, Improvements in Medical Practice
  • 10:00 - 10:30 - AHA Basic Life Support Testing
  • 10:30 - 10:45 - Morning Break
  • 10:45 - 11:45 - Simulation Scenario 2
  • 11:45 - 12:45 - Simulation Scenario 3
  • 12:45 - 13:15 - LUNCH
  • 13:15 - 14:15 - Simulation Scenario 4
  • 14:15 - 15:15 - Simulation Scenario 5***
  • 15:15 - 15:30 - Afternoon Break
  • 15:30 - 16:30 - Simulation Scenario 6***
  • 16:30 - 17:00 - Course Evaluations and Summary

***= Depending on course size, the number of scenarios may differ [all courses will have between 4-6 learners] and may alter the total course time and CME credits offered

$1800 ($200 Early Registration Discount for courses booked by the deadline)

[Includes tuition; American Heart Association PALS e-card fees, PALS Hands-on skills fees, PALS HeartCode electronic access and PALS reference card; up to 8.5 Category 1 AMA PRA CME credits, 2 hours Texas Ethics Credits, all ASA registration fees, parking, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack]

All current BCM and TCH Faculty as well as TCH Alumni are also eligible for a $200 discount. Please email davidy@bcm.edu to receive the promo code prior to completing registration.

Nearby Airports

George Bush International Airport (23.3 miles north, approximately 25 miles and 40 minutes from our Simulation Center)
2800 N. Terminal Rd, Houston, TX  77032

William P. Hobby Airport (12.2 miles south, approximately 13 miles and 30 minutes from our Simulation Center)
7800 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX  77061

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  1. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is contingent upon proof of payment. Each course requires a minimum number of learners to avoid cancellation. If less than the minimum number of learners register 30 days prior to the course date, the Program may choose to cancel the course.  If the course is canceled, learners will have the option of either receiving a full refund or transferring their enrollment to another available course date.
  2. The program will reserve a space for you, once we receive your payment for the entire course fee. Incomplete registrations will go on a wait‐list.
  3. Learners enrolled on a course date may change to a different available course date without penalty, up to 60 business days prior to the originally registered course.
  4. Learners can cancel a course reservation up until 30 business days prior to a course, and the course fee will be refunded, minus a $300 processing fee.
  5. If learners cancel or change a reservation less than 30 business days prior to their scheduled course, their course fee will not be refunded unless another learner on the wait-list fills their spot and the entire payment from the new learner is received by the Program.  If the spot is filled, the course fee will be refunded minus a $300 processing fee.
  6. Substitutions of learners are allowed up to 30 business days in advance of the course.  If a substitution of learners occurs, we will refund the course fee, minus a $300 processing fee, but only after the entire new payment is received by the Program.
  7. All cancellations, scheduling change requests, and substitutions must be submitted in writing via email or certified letter. A written or electronic mail response from the Program must occur to confirm receipt of any request.
  8. Learners who do not show up for a course forfeit their entire course fee.
  9. The program is not responsible for losses in any travel expenses for any reason.
  10. In order to be eligible to receive an AHA PALS Provider card, all learners understand that successful completion of the on-line AHA PALS HeartCode module is required PRIOR to the course date. All learners MUST bring a copy of the AHA PALS HeartCode completion certificate to the course. The Program is not responsible in any way for any issues related to the AHA PALS HeartCode software access, performance or completion. If a learner fails to provide an AHA PALS HeartCode module completion certificate, they WILL be able to complete the MOCA course and receive full ABA and CME credits but they will not be eligible to receive a new AHA PALS Provider card.

Texas Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by Texas Children’s Hospital for 2.0 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

We are a proud member of the Simulation Education Network (SEN). The SEN is a network of ASA-endorsed simulation programs offering courses that entirely satisfy the 5-year ABA MOCA 2.0 Part 4 requirement. These courses are designed to realistically recreate challenging clinical cases to allow participants to problem‐solve in a manner that is similar to actual clinical experiences.

The ABA and the ASA developed endorsement criteria for simulation centers.  Simulation at an ASA-endorsed center became a MOCA® Part 4: Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement requirement in 2008 and nearly 3,000 ABA diplomates have participated in these courses.

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is responsible for implementing MOC for anesthesiologists. To find out more about MOCA and the details of requirements please visit the ABA website, email questions to: moca@theABA.org or call 866-999-7501.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the ABA/ASA About Simulation Courses Offered for Part IV MOCA® Credit can be viewed here.

For MOCA 2.0 Part 4, diplomates are required to earn 25 points every five years, for a total of 50 points over 10 years.

Completion of this one-day simulation course [at an ASA-Endorsed Simulation Center] AND follow-up materials results in automatic reporting of this activity to the ABA and fulfills your 5-year requirement.

We are pleased to provide you with a new American Heart Association (AHA), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider card as part of this MOCA Simulation Course. Texas Children’s Hospital is an AHA Training Center; your new AHA PALS Provider card, which is valid for 2 years, will be provided to you electronically, via email, approximately 2 days after the Course. All costs for the AHA PALS Provider card are included in the tuition. The AHA PALS HeartCode Course is divided into an online portion and an in-person testing session.

In order to be eligible to receive the AHA PALS Provider card, you MUST successfully complete the AHA PALS HeartCode on-line module prior to the course as well as provide a copy to us. The in-person testing session will be incorporated into the simulation course. The on-line AHA PALS HeartCode module takes approximately 6-10 hours to complete; please plan accordingly. We will provide you with the electronic key to access the AHA PALS HeartCode module.

If a learner chooses to not want to renew their PALS certification or fails to provide an AHA PALS HeartCode module completion certificate, they WILL be able to complete the MOCA course and receive full ABA and CME credits but they will not be eligible to receive a new AHA PALS Provider card. Please feel free to e-mail the Course Director with any questions regarding AHA PALS recertification.

“Throughout residency, pediatric anesthesia fellowship, seven years of military service, and now five years of my current hybrid private/academic practice, I have had a passion for simulation training for our specialty and ability to drastically improve care for the life-threatening scenarios we need to be prepared for yet rarely encounter.  For this reason, twelve years into my total practice time and maintenance of certification, this was my 3rd ASA MOCA Endorsed Simulation Course and the best I have attended.  Under the direction of Dr. David Young, the Texas Children's Hospital MOCA Simulation Course was superb!  During my recent session, Dr. Young was the lead instructor and assisted by two outstanding TCH/Baylor College of Medicine pediatric anesthesia colleagues--Dr. Ali Hassanpour and Dr. Lisa Caplan.  Dr. Young's course format, efficient teaching, and scenario pauses with expert insights and redirection were valuable for all learners.  As a full time pediatric anesthesiologist, I was particularly drawn to this pediatric specific MOCA course as they are very limited.  For me it was invaluable and was similarly regarded by my fellow attendees with little pediatric care in their diverse adult specific practices.  I hope this center remains at the forefront of MOCA Simulation Training as I think it will continue to advance my personal and group's practice in the years to come with refresher attendance and different scenarios.”  

Joshua DuBois, M.D. (San Antonio, Texas) 

"My experience during the TCH MOCA Simulation course was fantastic! Despite a compact agenda, 6 learners and the challenge of being tested all day, it was not what I initially expected. The experienced (4) instructors turned the day into a very reflective and positive experience from which to learn from each other, providing CRM tools, in an organized and non-threating environment. The motivation and fulfilment of performing at our prime, generates an incredible effect of growth as a person. The reflection gained by evaluation of our performance including errors and positives, with colleagues has helped me become a better professional."

 Carlos Campos, M.D (Houston, Texas).

"I just wanted to let you know that my TCH pediatric MOCA simulation course went far beyond my expectations and I came away with new information and ways to help my daily practice. The CRM tools, the experienced and organized instructors, and all the real-life scenarios truly helped me. I learned that even though I have been in practice for nearly 30 years, I had areas of growth as leader in a code or everyday stressful patient situations.

I thought the combination of PALS with the pediatric MOCA simulation was very beneficial. I know that my attendance will help me be a better anesthesiologist."

Rebecca Layton, M.D. (Louisville, Kentucky)


Lisa A. Caplan, MD has reported no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies related to the content of this activity.

Persons involved in the planning of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with any ineligible company.


No prerequisites or special background are required for effective participation.

Statement of Ineligible Company Support

No ineligible company support was used in this activity.

Contact Information

Activity Director: Lisa A. Caplan, MD Email: lacaplan@texaschildrens.org

This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®.Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

Learners data will be shared with ACCME and American Board of Anesthesiology.