Faculty Members Gee Mei Tan, MDand Erin Stewart, MD, MS, from Department of Anesthesiology to University of Colorado School of Medicine developed, practiced and delivered the first MOCA simulation course in the new Center for the Advancement of Professional Excellence (CAPE) at the new health sciences building in Anschutz on March 26.
The Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) offers a full day of immersive simulation training in a replicated peri-anesthesia environment. The course offers realistic critical care events that test participants’ skills in crisis decision-making, communication and teamwork in anesthesiology. Limited to six physicians, hands-on training and peer-to-peer discussion after each simulated event provides anesthesiologists with the opportunity to test their skills and implement higher levels of patient care.
During final preparations for opening the Anschutz Health Sciences Building, six anesthesiology faculty members attended MOCA and managed simulation responses during five separate anesthesia-inspired critical events. High-fidelity simulators, realistic mannequins, and the ability to provide a completely immersive experience in a simulated operating room set this training apart.
MOCA participants in a case simulation at the new CAPE facility in the Anschutz Health Sciences Building.
“The new CAPE facility is impressive, and it was exciting to deliver the first MOCA training there and test everything out,” Tan said. “We held a mock session there while it was still in transition and we can’t wait for it to be fully operational.”
For each case, physicians are tasked with either managing a simulated critical care event or observing the team handling the case via a state-of-the-art audio-visual system. At the end of each situation, participants immediately review how decisions were made, team communications, and available actions to improve patient outcomes.
The CAPE educational environment allows learners to gain real-world experience working with patients, managing challenging situations, and collaborating with other professionals.
“CAPE brings the latest in cutting-edge medical training, and the new facility has taken it to the next level,” said Devra Keyes, CAPE Clinical Simulation Coordinator. “We were grateful to have MOCA for our first training in the new Health Sciences Building. We have only just begun to scratch the surface of what is possible with the expanded space and latest technology to deliver these trainings. »
MOCA is a full day immersive simulation education course. It was designed to accommodate between four and six participants who are led by a minimum of two teachers. MOCA was designed to meet a requirement for maintenance of American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) certification in anesthesiology. Course attendance, as well as completion of the ASA online assessment and follow-up survey, will satisfy MOCA 2.0 Part IV – Improving Medical Practice.
About the anesthesiology department
The anesthesiology department is a nationally recognized leader in anesthesiology and perioperative medical education. It is an independent department of the University of Colorado located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Our affiliated hospitals are University of Colorado UCHealth Hospital, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, VA Medical Center, Highlands Ranch Hospital, Cherry Creek Medical Center, and Inverness Surgical Center . The department has several clinical specialties including multidisciplinary anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, intensive care, cardiothoracic anesthesia, transplantation anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, regional and regional orthopedics, chronic pain, pre- operations and quality improvement.