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Some of the feedback from previous participants:

"Very professional."
"The debriefing sessions were excellent. The environment was very conducive to learning and simulations were well done."
"Non-threatening learning environment."
"I found the debriefings incredibly valuable as my learning was enhanced by the input of the instructors as well as the other participants."
"The instructor was superb! Very knowledgeable, extremely patient and kind to the group."
"People were very professional and respectful. Nice facility."
"I found the entire course helpful, and a fun learning enviroment. The staff and the colleagues that I participated with were a great bunch."
"Knowledgeable, professional instructors and assistants."
"It was great, very well-done and helpful in zeroing in on the topic of communication and appropriate management in an unexpected difficult situation."
"Very well organized, realistic, supportive, stimulative."
"I was a bit apprehensive when I learned that the teaching scenarios would be reviewed via video recording. But, I found this to be effective in the debriefing session. Also, the teaching environment was non-adverserial and highly conducive to learning."

WISER's MOCA® simulation course is a fun, fast-paced and challenging experience. During the simulation sessions, participants will manage patients with hypoxia and hemodynamic instability in the setting of general surgical, neurosurgical, obstetric care and pediatric surgery. These Saturday classes run from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Why come to WISER for this training?


WISER began teaching with human-patient simulation in 1996, making us one of the longest-tenured simulation education facilities in the world. We have significant experience teaching anesthesiologists skills like management of the difficult airway, anesthesia crisis leadership, and central venous cannulation. You, or one of your colleagues, may have taken one of our courses at the ASA’s annual meeting. The curriculum focuses on relevant and challenging perioperative crises that a clinician might face. Our instructors are authors and experts in the field, and well versed in practical training for our anesthesiology colleagues. The University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology values simulation education so highly that it requires that all department faculty attend training at WISER.

WISER Location

WISER is located in Pittsburgh, PA, within blocks of the University of Pittsburgh main campus. We are 25-35 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport.
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There are many convenient places to stay within walking distance of WISER, which means our participants do not need to rent a car. Go to our ""Hotels Page" for a list of locations.

Upcoming Class Dates:

None scheduled at this time.



Continental breakfast provided by WISER
Orientation to MOCA® and the simulators, review of policies, questions and answers
Learning session #1
Break (coffee and snacks provided by WISER)
Learning session #2
Learning session #3
Lunch provided by WISER
Concurrently, lecture and discussion on Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management
Learning session #4
Final review, assistance with practice modification goals and review of participant’s responsibilities in order to complete the simulation MOCA® requirement

Course Instructors

Course Pricing

Pricing for the one-day MOCA certification course is $1620 for Pitt and UPMC affiliates and $1800 for all others.

A $200 cancellation fee will be charged to any participant that cancels their registration.

Need help? Contact us at wiserhelp@upmc.edu.

For specific questions about WISER's MOCA® course, please contact the course director, Bill McIvor, MD (mcivorwr@anes.upmc.edu). We look forward to your participation!

The American Board of Anesthesiology has produced a video that explains the MOCA Part 4 process in detail.


The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.