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New Staggered Written Exam Registration Model Announced

Beginning in 2023, we will implement a staggered registration model for all written exams. This new process allows a two-month registration window for each exam, providing candidates with earlier access to available seats with our testing vendor. We are excited to offer this improved registration model to provide you with an optimized physician experience. The ...

The ABA Stands by the Statement from the ABMS Regarding Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

The ABA puts our full support behind the American Board of Medical Specialty’s (ABMS) recent statement recognizing gun violence as a national public health priority.  On June 17 the ABMS released the following statement: The incidence of gun violence in the United States has become unimaginable in frequency and proportion. The escalating number of gun-related ...

2021 Certification Exam Results Released

We are pleased to announce that the ABA has certified 64,281 physicians in 2021 through our initial anesthesiology and subspecialty certification exams. Thank you to both our candidates and volunteers for being patient and adaptable as we made changes throughout the testing process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the full breakdowns of the ...

ABA Accepting Applications for New Examiners

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is now accepting applications for anesthesiologists currently practicing in private practices and academic medical centers to examine for our APPLIED Exams. Through their service, our volunteer examiners help us establish and uphold the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. To be eligible, diplomates must: Hold a valid, unexpired ...

The ABA Welcomes New Directors to the Board

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is pleased to announce the elections of Stephanie B. Jones, M.D., and Hoda Badr, Ph.D., to our Board of Directors. Dr. Jones will officially begin her term as diplomate director following the fall 2022 board meeting in early October. Dr. Badr will begin her tenure as public member director ...

New subspecialty certification in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology (ACA)

In June of 2021, we shared that the ABA would begin offering a new subspecialty certification in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology (ACA). We are pleased to announce that registration for the ACA certification exam will open in 2023, and the first examination will be administered on Dec. 2, 2023. Adult cardiac anesthesiology has experienced significant growth ...

The ABA returns to in-person

ABA returns to in-person assessments Between Dec. 2020 and Nov. 2021, with the help of our dedicated Board of Directors, staff, examiners and volunteers, we pilot tested and administered the Virtual APPLIED Exam (VAE) to 3304 candidates across 18 exam weeks. This virtual structure allowed us to ensure that all 2020 and 2021 candidates were ...

The High Priority Topics Report

The HPTR was created to support the advancement and learning of diplomates of anesthesiology. While previously shared on a requested basis, this report is now accessible to assist in developing new CME activities. You can find the latest reports located on this page, and previous HPTRs archived for reference. We will continue producing and sharing these reports to ...

ABA Elects New Directors to the Board

Raleigh. N.C., Feb. 10, 2022 – We are pleased to announce the elections of Christian Diez, M.D., and Jill Eckert, D.O., to our Board of Directors. Drs. Diez and Eckert will officially begin their terms as physician directors following the fall 2022 board meeting in October. Dr. Christian Diez is vice chair for Clinical Affairs ...

The ABA’s Statement on ABMS Standards for Continuing Certification

Raleigh, N.C., Nov. 10, 2021 – The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) strives to increase the value of continuing certification to its physicians.  This goal is shared by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which recently approved new Standards for Continuing Certification. These Standards, which take effect in 2024, are required to be followed ...