Simulation Education Network

Simulation Education Network (SEN) is a network of ASA-endorsed simulation programs held in centers across the country to deliver training to anesthesiologists. Courses are designed to realistically recreate challenging clinical cases to allow participants to problem‐solve in a manner that is similar to actual clinical experience.

For specific program information contact a Simulation Center near you

A Message from the Simulation Director

Welcome to the University of Kentucky, Department of Anesthesiology simulation website.  Simulation based training is becoming mandatory for all practicing anesthesiologists.  It is the nature of our practice that we become state of the art practitioners in all clinical disciplines.  The goal of our simulation department is to provide new and innovative clinical case scenarios that will test our practice of anesthesia.  Within our training program, our residents and learners are exposed to a wide variety of complicated anesthesia scenarios with the use of state of the art high fidelity simulators.  We also incorporate the use of individualized task simulators such as the HeartWorks TEE simulator and ultrasound guided central line and regional blockade simulators.

 Our simulation faculty are involved in research projects related to simulation as well as the development of new and innovative case scenarios to provide the best simulation training experience available.  Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to learn more about our anesthesiology simulation program at the University of Kentucky.

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  Future MOCA Training Dates

At this time we do not have any additional dates for MOCA training but we are planning future sessions.

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  • The mission of the University of Kentucky Simulation Training Program is to provide state of the art simulation based technology training in all aspects of patient care in a safe and effective learning environment to improve, facilitate and expand the clinical skills of health care providers.

    The University of Kentucky Department of Anesthesiology has pioneered the integration of patient simulators into the anesthesiology residency training program and medical school curriculum. The simulation lab opened in 2004 and has trained hundreds of medical professionals ranging from medical and pharmacy students, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine residents, nurses, to Board certified Anesthesiologists.


  • Simulation experiences are utilized to inform and enhance resident education in a safe and controlled environment. Sessions provide interactive, interdisciplinary, and immersive simulation-based learning opportunities centered on clinical skill acquisition and crisis resource management, including practice in assimilating data, exercising judgment, and improving teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal communication methods. Simulation experiences correspond with residents’ progression of skills and knowledge acquisition throughout their four years of training. Debriefing sessions follow all simulation learning experiences and serve as a vehicle for constructive discussion about the learning experience and exploration of individual viewpoints for patient care improvement.

    • CA-1 First Month Orientation
      All incoming residents participate in an intensive two day orientation session using the Human Patient Simulator (HPS). Residents are introduced to the HPS and are shown what the simulator is capable of doing both physically and on the patient monitor which is linked to the simulator patient. 


  • ACPA and Intern Prep 101

    All fourth year medical students participate in the Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Anesthesiology (ACPA) course. The four-week course is designed to integrate basic and clinical sciences and uses simulation sessions in addition to lectures, interactive small groups, student presentations and first -hand experiences in the operating room and pain clinics to introduce anesthesiology and critical care medicine to students as they relate to pharmacology and physiology. All fourth year students also participate in an Internship Prep 101 course in their last week of medical school. As a part of this course, students spend 16 hours in the simulation lab participating in adult and pediatric high fidelity simulation scenarios as well as skills workshops and standardized patient encounters. The goal of this course is to provide the senior student with a deeper understanding of the role of the intern in patient care and the health care team, and to provide practical skills for patient care.

    3rd and 4th Year Anesthesia Rotations

    Medical students who elect to participate in anesthesiology rotations during their third and fourth year are given the opportunity to participate in simulation sessions during their rotation month. 


  • Thank you for your interest in obtaining the simulation-based portion of your Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) training at the University of Kentucky Center for Simulation Education.The MOCA course offers immersive simulation education endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) for ABA Diplomates seeking to fulfill their Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI) requirement for MOCA. The simulation course fulfills one requirement of the ABA MOCA Program Part IV.Please consult the ABA website for a list of all other MOCA requirements. MOCA and Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc.


    The approval process for endorsement is extensive, including the ASA’s review of the center’s mission, educational offerings, curriculum development, instructor and course effectiveness, program leadership and infrastructure.