About the BCA’s Anesthesiology Exam for Board Certification

Anesthesiology The certification and recertification examination offered by the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA) is designed to help candidates demonstrate their expertise in the core competencies required to provide the finest care possible in their chosen specialty. The exam consists of written and oral questions.

The written portion of the Anesthesiology exam includes 200 questions, divided by subject matter. The following subject areas are covered in the written exam:

  • Pharmacology
  • Anesthetic management
  • Anesthetic preparation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases
  • Anesthesia subspecialties
  • Perioperative complications

The oral component consists of four or five case studies requiring expertise in Anesthesiology. The candidate will be presented information based on real or hypothetical patients. A brief case history will be presented to the candidate, at which point the candidate will have an opportunity to inquire for more information, describe the treatment process, and defend those decisions. For each Anesthesiology case study, the oral exam will cover:

  • Patient history
  • Physical exam
  • Lab tests and diagnostic examinations
  • Patient management
  • Disposition/pathophysiology

To learn more about the subjects, click here for a more detailed outline of the written exam and a more in-depth description of the oral section. For information about eligibility requirements for the Anesthesiology examination, testing dates, and more, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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