Physician Board Certification in Anesthesiology Through the ABPS

Anesthesiology Board CertificationPhysician board certification in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) gives successful candidates the chance to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in anesthesiology. It also reveals a professional commitment to abide by the ABPS medical code of ethics, adherence to which is required for all recertification candidates.

The Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)

Anesthesiology board certification through the ABPS is governed by the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA), and the exams consist of written and oral case study portions. The written portion covers the following subject matter:

  • Pharmacology
  • Anesthetic management
  • Anesthetic preparation
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Disease
  • Anesthesia subspecialties
  • Perioperative complications

The oral examination for physician board certification in Anesthesiology consists of case studies that cover discovery of patient history, physical examination, requested laboratory tests and diagnostic methods, patient management, and disposition/pathophysiology. 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.

Eligibility Requirements for BCA Certification

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 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 10 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

The ABPS Is a Nationally Recognized Physician Certification Board

The standards and requirements for physician board certification as set forth by the ABPS are as rigorous as you’ll find with any multi-specialty board certification body in the nation. The exam questions are written and validated by Diplomates of the BCA under the direction of the ABPS and psychometric consultants. To learn more about the exam formulation or candidate requirements for anesthesiology board certification, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialties, Inc.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
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To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine