Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology
Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center Endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) has recognized the Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills with its Simulation Education Network endorsement. With this endorsement, the simulation center joins an elite group of more than 47 centers nationwide that hold this distinction.
The simulation center is proud of its work to provide high-caliber educational opportunities. ASA's endorsement will allow the center to provide physician anesthesiologists and their patients with a powerful advantage as simulation education demonstrates a direct upgrade in patient safety and quality of care.
Simulation education is an innovative training method in which physician anesthesiologists problem-solve issues in a setting that closely replicates clinical experience during surgery. Courses are designed to realistically re-create challenging cases, such as insufficient oxygen levels in the blood, difficult airway management, emergency blood pressure issues and cardiac events.
These centers also offer courses that provide a safe environment to learn about new techniques or drugs. Simulation education offers experience in crisis management, patient safety and professional teamwork in a controlled setting that can be difficult to teach in the active operating arena.
The approval process for ASA endorsement is extensive. It includes review of the center's mission, educational offerings, curriculum development, instructor and course effectiveness, program leadership, infrastructure and standing with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Decrease the instance of vague or disorganized communication, and thereby improve patient safety though the use of communication verification tools and clear multidepartmental communication
- Decrease the occurrence of morbidity and mortality through effective timing and utilization of resources in emergency situations
- Provide effective management of hemodynamic and respiratory critical events in anesthesia
- Provide a broader differential diagnosis during debriefing sessions by recognizing and eliminating potential areas of cognitive bias
- Reflect on the teamwork, leadership and communication skills required in crisis management
- Develop a process improvement plan to implement at home institution
The purpose of this simulated activity is to provide anesthesiologists with case scenarios that may be seen in daily practice. They will complete the simulation and reflect individually and as a group on their performances with guided debriefing.
The Cedars-Sinai Department of Anesthesiology and peri-operative care faculty and staff are dedicated to the American Board of Anesthesiology's Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) components. These include:
- Adherence to good professional standing
- Lifelong learning and self-assessment
- Cognitive examination
- Practice performance assessment and improvement
High-fidelity simulation allows for active learning and cognitive and performance assessment through scenario participation and after action review. Our extensive libraries of common and critical scenarios are derived from actual cases seen in Cedars-Sinai operating rooms or from published case reports.
Many of the scenarios explore broad differential diagnoses and devolve into a crisis scenario based on advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), requiring active and current knowledge of guidelines, effective interdepartmental and interpersonal communication skills, and confidence in a stressful situation.
Board-certified anesthesiologists who need to fulfill their MOCA Part IV requirements or who would like to gain experience in critical cases in a simulated environment.
Course fee is $1,950.
Fee includes breakfast, lunch and educational materials.
Course Dates and Registration Information
Registration is available through our Cedars-Sinai CME portal. Please contact GroupAnesthesiaCoordinators@cshs.org with any questions you may have. Course dates:
All cancellations will incur a $200 administrative fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the course will forfeit payment in full unless a replacement can be found.
Any session that does not have at least four confirmed participants will be canceled. Enrolled participants will be notified of cancellation at least four weeks prior to the scheduled course.
Health and Safety Protocols
COVID-19 vaccination proof required. Before registering for this event, please read our Health and Safety Protocols for current requirements pertaining to attending in-person events. Fully vaccinated as stated by the CDC: two weeks after second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine.
Cedars-Sinai is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Cedars-Sinai designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast and Introduction
- 8 a.m. — Orientation to the Simulator and Environment
- 9 a.m. — Scenarios 1-3 and Debriefing
- Noon — Lunch / Process Improvement Plan Simulation; Intraosseous Infusion (IO) Workshop; Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Workshop
- 12:30 p.m. — Scenarios 4-6 and Debriefing Q&A Session and Course Evaluations
- 4:30 p.m. — Adjourn
Simulation Course Program Director
Roya Yumul, MD, PhD — Cardiac, Neuro Anesthesiology, ACLS, ATLS CHSE
Organizes and is responsible for the anesthesia simulation training program; provides faculty, staff education and support.
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