The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Department of Anesthesiology
The Department of Anesthesiology

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology

Conference Information

Course Description

There will be a brief orientation to the simulation equipment and then participants will partake in a series of simulated events during a guided approach of 6–8 hours of instruction. These events will include significant CRM hemodynamic instability, significant hypoxemia, and other difficult patient care situations. Teamwork and communication will be key during these events. Each TRM participant will be required to take a turn in the “hot seat” as the main decision maker for a minimum of one simulation event during the class. The other participants will fill in as other roles as needed. After each case, there will be time allotted for debriefing. This is the only time that the performance of participants will be discussed. The course is for experiential learning in order to stimulate improvement. There is no grade assigned, nor is there a formal evaluation given.

Course Objectives

  • Simulation aimed at enhancing clinical skills and patient safety for the participants
  • Identify individual barriers to effective communication
  • Improve teamwork
  • Learn steps to manage crises in the OR
  • Meet ABA/ASA requirements for board certification
  • Learn and integrate crisis resource management into your clinical practice
  • Learn and integrate team resource management into your clinical practice
  • Practice critical airway management skills in pig trachea lab

Please refer to the ASA’s Simulation FAQ for any questions. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Jonetha Davidson, 713.500.6271.

Faculty Instructors
Hal Doerr, MD, Director
Katherine Normand, MD, Co-Director

Upcoming Course Dates

  • March 24, 2014 FULL
  • March 28, 2014 CANCELLED
  • April 18, 2014 FULL
  • May 2, 2014 CANCELLED

All courses require 5 participants to be held, and there is a maximum of 6 participants per course.

CME Credit: Not offered
Course Fee: $1600 per person (includes breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and educational materials)

Please dress comfortably for the session (scrubs are welcome) and bring a light jacket because it can be chilly in the simulation lab.

How to Register

Please click here to register. If the course is already full for that day, you will be placed on a waitlist. Participants rarely cancel, so if you are placed onto a waitlist, we would like to suggest that you also register for another date. You will only be charged for the day in which you participate.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

The course depends on a minimum of 3 participants; therefore, if this minimum is not met 1 month prior to the scheduled date, we have the right to cancel the course. All participants will be informed of the cancellation and every effort to reschedule will be attempted. If both parties cannot arrange a mutually acceptable date, the participant will receive a full refund of the registration fee.

There will be no refunds or rescheduling once the specific course date is registered and paid.

Location of Class

The class will begin with breakfast on the 5th floor of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston building in MSB 5.168 (Anesthesiology conference room) at 7:00 a.m. Instruction will begin at approximately 7:45 a.m. The duration of the class will be between 6 and 8 hours long.

Sample Schedule

Time Detail
7:00–8:00 Breakfast (5th floor Conference Room, 5.168)
7:45-8:15 Introduction
8:15-8:45 Crisis Resource Management
8:45-9:00 Break (Head to Simulation Lab: B.210)
9:00-9:15 Introduction to the Simulation Lab
9:15-9:45 Case Simulation 1
9:45-10:15 Case Simulation 2
10:15-11:00 Case Simulation 3
11:00-12:00 Lunch (5th floor conference room)
12:00-12:45 Case Simulation 4 (Sim Lab B.210)
12:45-1:15 Case Simulation 5
1:15-2:00 Case Simulation 6
2:002:05 Break (Head to 5th Floor Conference Room)
2:05-2:30 Pig Trachea Lab (5th Floor Conference room)
2:30-3:00 Course Evaluation and Wrap-up

Travel Information

Directions to the Simulation Center from the airports

Hobby Airport
7800 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061

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Bush Intercontinental Airport
2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032

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Special rates have been negotiated with two hotels:

  • Hotel ZaZa at approximately $189/night
    A short walk and quick ride south on the METRO rail will get you to the Medical School Building (Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo stop).
  • Houston Marriott Medical Center Hotel at approximately $129/night
    Also a short walk but the quick ride on the metro rail will be north in order to get you to the medical school building (Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo stop).


For travel to and from the airport, there is a reduced fee available for Royal Limo and Town Car. They can be contacted at 713.664.5466 or via email.


The nearest available parking is available at TMC Garage 3 (6430 East Cullen Avenue beneath the Jesse Jones Library) or TMC Garage 7 (1120 John Freeman Blvd).

Things to do while in Houston

Houston has many attractions available such as a nearby zoo, multiple golf courses, and a museum district.