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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 ...

ABMS New Standards for Continuing Certification – ABA FAQs

1. When do the new standards go into effect? The new standards go into effect Jan. 1, 2024. 2. What does this mean for my MOCA requirements? We do not expect the new standards to impact what diplomates must do to continue meeting requirements as we’ve already adopted much of what the standards recommend. 3. ...

Extra Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Effective Jan. 1, 2022 We know that taking a certification exam is an important step in your career, so we want to make sure you are in your best condition to be successful. We will provide extra break time for nursing mothers during the following exams, if requested.   IN-TRAINING EXAMS  Nursing mothers may request ...

ABA to Host Forum During ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021

ABA Directors Mark T. Keegan, M.B., B.Ch., and Andrew J. Patterson, M.D., Ph.D., will host the ABA forum on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. PT in Upper 1AB during ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021. They will answer registrants’ pre-submitted questions and discuss the Board’s:  Virtual APPLIED Exams and the return to in-person exams in 2022 The future of continuing ...

ABA Study Provides Details on Anesthesiologist Workforce Demographics

An American Board of Anesthesiology study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia offers insight on the dramatic decrease in anesthesiology residency graduations around the turn of the millennium and the resulting implications on our specialty in the years since. The study outlines the demographic changes in the 2005-2015 anesthesiology workforce and provides national and state densities ...

Research Offers Insight on Anesthesiology Residents’ Experiences

An American Board of Anesthesiology study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia is the result of a repeated cross-sectional survey of anesthesiology residents polled between 2013 and 2016 to gauge experiential factors that could inform program improvements. Residents were asked to identify the important factors in their choice of residency program, which aspects of the clinical ...