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Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)

Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)The anesthesiology board certification exam offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) allows successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in anesthesiology. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of anesthesiology skills and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in anesthesiology, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA) has its own eligibility requirements that include:

  • Completing a PGY-1 program or accredited internship and an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency in anesthesiology, or an anesthesiology residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • Submitting 25 anesthesia case reports that include the redacted anesthesia record sheet from the chart and are no older than twelve months from the date the candidate’s application for certification is received by ABPS.
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
  • Submitting two letters of recommendation from Diplomates of an ABPS, ABMS, AOA, RCPSC, or CFPC board of certification.

In order to earn certification in anesthesiology, applicants who are deemed eligible must successfully complete a written and an oral exam. The written exam consists of 200 multiple-choice items and is administered over a four-hour session. Candidates must pass the written exam in order to take the oral component. For information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam, click here.

For the 2018 examination schedule, click here. For the 2019 schedule, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in anesthesiology. Throughout the medical industry, BCA-certified physicians are valued as dedicated professionals who boost the reputation of both their organizations and their fellow staffers, giving their patients peace of mind that they will receive the best health care possible.

To learn more about certification in anesthesiology through the BCA, contact the ABPS today.