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Simulation Course for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology

The Northwestern Anesthesiology Center for Clinical Simulation (NACCS) is operated by the Department of Anesthesiology. NACCS is an American Society of Anesthesiologists-endorsed simulation center and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Simulation Education Network. We provide experiential, high-fidelity simulation education for ABA Diplomates seeking to fulfill Part 4: Improvement in Medical Practice requirement for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA, 25 points) and American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) Patient Safety Credits (7.5CME credits).  


Upcoming course dates (click to register):

September 28, 2024 (full)

October 12, 2024 (full)


Future Dates:

November 2, 2024

December 7, 2024


Northwestern Anesthesiology Center for Clinical Simulation is located in downtown Chicago. This is an eight-hour course (7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 

Participants will receive an orientation to the simulation environment and patient mannequin at the beginning of this single-day course. The participants will provide team-based patient care covering a range of perioperative critical events in various settings.

Each participant will play an active role as a main anesthesia care provider for at least one scenario, and function as a helper or observer for other scenarios. Building on the basic components of hypoxemia and hemodynamic disturbances, simulated clinical events will also incorporate complex or rare critical events as well as challenges in teamwork and communication.

This course is not a test, and performance is not graded. Rather, each scenario is accompanied by a detailed, interactive peer debriefing led by an instructor. Advanced preparation is not necessary.

Course Details

Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I arrange taking the course with a group of my peers?

We are happy to accommodate groups of anesthesiologists. We highly recommend that one of the group members calls to make sure that there are enough spots available for the entire group before anyone registers. Once you confirm that there are enough spaces on the date you wish to attend, all parties of your group should register ASAP. We are unable to hold spots for certain individuals.

 How many spots are available on the course date in which I'm interested?

Please call 312-926-8050, and we will let you know how many spots are available at that moment. Because we cannot hold spots for participants, this number is not guaranteed to last. 

 I have a food allergy/restriction. Will there be something for me to eat?

The registration page will allow you to indicate any food restrictions or allergies. We will order breakfast and lunch for the group keeping your needs in mind.

 After I attend the course, how will I get my MOCA credit?

We will notify the ASA that you plan to attend a MOCA Simulation Course at Northwestern University. You will need to complete a course evaluation and Practice Improvement Plan within three days of the course conclusion. We encourage you to complete this at the end of the class, we will provide computers. Beginning 30 days after your course, you will receive three monthly reminders from the ASA to complete a web-based attestation that includes a description of your Practice Improvement Plan. Once this is completed, the ASA will notify the ABA of your completion of the Simulation requirement of the Part 4 MOCA.

 I need to complete my Part 4 MOCA Simulation requirement in 2024. If I take the course in December of 2024, will I receive credit in time for it to count toward 2024?

Yes. The diplomate’s records are documented with the date of actual training.

 Will I receive CME credit for taking the course?

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Society of Anesthesiologists and Fienberg School of Medicine. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Will my performance during the course be evaluated?

This course is not a test and performance is not graded. Rather, each scenario is accompanied by a detailed, interactive peer debriefing led by an instructor. Advance preparation is not necessary. No report or record of performance is given to the ABA.

 How much does the course cost?

For participants who register more than six weeks in advance, the cost is $2000. Course fees are subject to change.

 How will I interact with the other participants?

Some parts of the course involve presentation to and discussion by the entire group of participants. The course contains several case scenarios. Participants rotate through different roles in the scenarios (such as the primary anesthesiologist, and one or more anesthesiologists who might respond if the primary person calls for help). Other roles in the rotation might involve observing a scenario in real-time on video. All participants from all the different roles will undergo a facilitated debriefing together so that all viewpoints can be heard. 

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact us at or call us at 312-926-8050.

Northwestern Anesthesiology Center for Clinical Simulation
675 North St. Clair St.
Galter Pavilion, 5th Floor, Room 5-126
Chicago, IL 60611

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