MOCA Sim & New Workshops

MOCA Simulation @ SPA


  • Offer a contextual learning opportunity to assess and improve their practice in areas such as crisis management in a simulation setting at an ASA-endorsed activity
  • Realistically recreate challenging clinical cases to allow participants to problemā€solve in a manner that is similar to actual clinical experience
  • Provide an opportunity for physicians to improve their skills in Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

ABA diplomats must complete multiple activities over their 10-year MOCA cycle to demonstrate that they are participating in evaluation of their clinical practice and their engagement in practice improvement activities. In MOCA 2.0, diplomats must earn 25 points per five-year period for a total of 50 points during the 10-year MOCA cycle. Successful completion of the MOCA Simulation @ SPA activity will fulfill 25 points (ALL) of the required Part 4 activities for a five-year period.  

NEW Workshops

Professional Development for the 21st Century: Mindset, Grit, and Self-Compassion 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of Mindset, Grit and Self-Compassion in professional and personal development
  • Identify ways to modify daily interactions (setting expectations, asking questions and providing feedback) to encourage others to build a growth mindset
  • Propose a SMART plan to adopt one or more strategies related to Mindsets, Grit or Self-Compassion into their own practice, educational, research and leadership settings

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
ASA, AAP, SPA, SPPM, CCAS – Committees, SIGs, Sections – Confusing and Intimidating? A frank guide for the young and uninitiated to involvement in medical societies

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the structure, function and purpose of a variety of committees, SIGs and Sections within medical societies
  • Identify appropriate committees at various stages of their career based on interest and prior experience in their institutions and medical societies
  • Distinguish effective member- and leadership attributes in medical society sub-organizations

PART 1: Simulation in our Pediatric Anesthesia World: An Introduction to Techniques and Tools for Improving Clinical Practice and Teaching (sponsored by the SPA Simulation SIG)

Upon completion of this workshop designed for participants who are new to the use of simulation as a teaching tool, participants will:

  • Explore the utility of simulation for simple task training, complex clinical encounters and faculty development
  • Develop an understanding of low-fidelity simulation exercises for team building and introduction to crisis resource management
  • Participate in and learn how to teach with high fidelity simulation with a cognitive aid
  • Develop an appreciation for the technology needs for a high fidelity simulation program
  • Gain exposure to resources available for a simulation scenario content development
  • Acquire an appreciation for the role of guided debriefing


Emerging Technologies in Perioperative Anxiety and Pain Management: Virtual Reality, Video - Games, Movies, & Apps

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify several types of emerging technology and identify varies resource available that may be useful to helping reduce stress and anxiety         
  • Describe ways to modify currently available technology for use in different practice
  • Discuss the benefits of decreased pharmacologic interventions in achieving anxiolysis and improved analgesia
  • Review modalities such as virtual reality, video/computer games, movies etc and the various scenarios where they are useful

Part 2: How to Effectively Develop and Debrief Simulation Scenarios to Enhance your Overall Medical Education Program (sponsored by the SPA Simulation SIG)

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the benefits of incorporating medical simulation activities into your overall curriculum
  • Characterize the ACGME Core Competencies that can be effectively taught by using medical simulation
  • Identify the key logistical components of an overall medical simulation curriculum
  • Create a basic medical simulation scenario
  • Demonstrate effective debriefing skills that can be equally utilized within medical simulation and when providing feedback in actual clinical settings

Pediatric Anesthesia Editor’s Workshop: Scientific Writing for Journal Publication

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Formulate a research question
  • Describe the required elements of each section of a scientific paper
  • Identify key components that make a paper publishable
  • Elucidate what reviewers are looking for in a manuscript