Anesthesiologists Can Become Board Certified Without Needing the MOC

Anesthesiology MOCIf you are a board certified anesthesiologist, the odds are good that you’re familiar with the new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program that was developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and is administered by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Yet, if you are one of the many physicians who is concerned that the investment of time and resources required by the MOC outweighs the unsubstantiated benefits offered by this program, it is important to understand that you have options. The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), for example, offers board recertification for qualified physicians who have been certified by other governing bodies without the same MOC requirements.

Make no mistake, the eligibility requirements for recertification through ABPS are stringent and will ensure that physicians have the base of knowledge and experience needed to excel in this essential field, but we are pleased to offer a path to recertification that doesn’t have some of the hurdles that have become synonymous with the MOC. What’s more, our Diplomates have access to numerous leadership opportunities and resources to continue to grow in their field. We are singularly committed to helping the medical community keep their focus on patient care, and by removing some of the burden of the MOC, our physicians can redouble their efforts to provide the best possible treatment.

Here are some of the specific requirements for becoming a board certified anesthesiologist through the ABPS:

  • All applicants must have completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology
  • Each physician must have an active practice as verified by the Chief of Department, Chief of Staff, or Chair of Credentialing Committee
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 hours of continuing medical education in anesthesia within the last two years.
  • Applicants must submit 25 anesthesia reports from the last twelve months for review

Our eligibility requirements meet or exceed equivalent standards of other certification organizations and are designed to ensure your board certification speaks to your breadth of knowledge and experience in anesthesiology. To learn more about becoming board certified or recertified in anesthesiology with the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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