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The Anesthesia Patient Simulation Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) offers realistic immersive patient simulation education for ABA Diplomates seeking to fulfill their Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) requirement for MOCA®. We only offer this course a limited number of times each year. These courses fill very quickly so we STRONGLY recommend signing up early if you want to guarantee your spot. This course fulfills one requirement of the ABA's Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®). For more information regarding MOCA® requirements, please consult the ABA website. The simulation program at UTMB has been endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologist's (ASA) Committee on Simulation Education to provide high quality training to ASA members. For information about the Simulation Education Network, click here.

Participant prerequisite:
    American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) diplomate seeking MOCA® recertification

Future Course Dates:
      New Course Dates will be updated soon! Please check back frequently as courses
      fill quickly.


    6 - 8 hours (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

    The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only
    and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare
    provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical

Maximum participant to instructor ratio:
    5 to 1

    Click the link above. If the course is listed as Full, you can still register and be placed
    on the waitlist but we rarely have cancellations so we recommend also registering for
    one of the available courses to guarantee a place in some course. You will only be
    charged once.

Contact Information:
Course Content and related questions: Ronald Levy, MD (409) 266 - 7828
Logistics, Fees, Miscellaneous: Isela Ramos, MBA (409) 266 - 7896

Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations more than one month prior to course will receive a full refund minus a
    $250 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the logistics, cost and the manpower required to run these courses. please be aware that if not enough people have registered for the course by 30 days prior, we reserve the right to reschedule the course and will notify you as soon as we know. If you need to cancel for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill in from our wait list.

Course Description: Participants will manage a series of simulated adverse events in a variety of patient care settings. Participants will first undergo a brief orientation to the simulation equipment and then be asked to change into scrubs and provide care to a variety of simulated patients. Each participant will be required to take the lead as the primary decision maker on at least one simulated event throughout the day. Other activities will include playing the role of assistant surgeon. This will allow you to evaluate your colleagues and the events from the perspective of another member of the care team. These simulations will use a high fidelity adult, child or baby patient simulator (CAE Healthcare, Inc).

The scenarios will focus on topics critical the practice of anesthesia. Simulated events will include:

1. Management of a difficult airway
2. Management of an adverse respiratory event
3. Management of a significant hemodynamic perturbation
4. Skills in crisis resource management
5. Management of infrequently occurring adverse events and equipment malfunctions.

After each simulated event, there will be a debriefing session where everyone is encouraged to participate.

To meet MOCA® requirements, participants will be asked to submit a report 1 to 3 months following their simulation training describing how it has changed or improved their clinical practice. During each debriefing, potential areas of practice modification will be reviewed.

Sample Itinerary:

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Breakfast and Registration (provided)
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Course Introduction
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM: Center Orientation (Equipment, Mannequin, Environment)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Lecture: Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM)
9:30 AM - 10:30 PM: Group Simulations and Debriefing
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Group Simulations and Debriefing
11:30 AM - 12:30 AM: Lunch (provided)
12:30 AM - 1:30 AM: Group Simulations and Debriefing
1:30 AM - 2:30 PM: Group Simulations and Debriefing
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Evaluations and Course Wrap-up

About our Center: The Anesthesia Simulation Center is run by the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. It is located in a free-standing 160,000 sq. ft., 77-bed simulated hospital (The Health Education Center), across the street from Levin Hall on the UTMB campus. Since 2001, the Department of Anesthesiology Simulation team has provided courses (primarily) to Anesthesiology residents as well as residents from multiple specialties and to medical students. The Center is equipped with state of the art high fidelity full body Patient simulators, audiovisual equipment for debriefing purposes, and staff to provide realistic simulated clinical events. Visitor parking is available at the front of the Jennie Sealy Hospital for a nominal fee.


Ronald Levy, M.D.*
Professor of Anesthesiology
UT Distinguished Teaching Professor

Stefanie Fischer, M.D.*
Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Director

Beth Teegarden, M.D.*

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Education Director

Ryan Griffin, M.D.*

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Axel Rodriguez, M.D.*

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Isela Ramos, MBA
Business Operations

*ABA diplomates. None of the faculty report that they have any financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose

Registration: See Above.

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Anesthesia Center Staff

Ronald Levy, MD

Assistant Director
Stefanie Fischer, MD

Education Director
Beth Teegarden, MD

Business Operations
Isela Ramos, MBA

Teaching Faculty
Axel Rodriguez, MD
Ryan Griffin, MD
Michael Cook, MD

Support Staff
Kathryn Gwinn