Anesthesiology Board Certification Eligibility Requirements

Anesthesiology RequirementsThe Member Boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) share several base-line eligibility requirements. These include owning an unrestricted medical license for every state in which the physician is licensed, annual attestation to the currency of those unrestricted medical licenses, adherence to the ABPS Code of Ethics, and a certain amount of experience within the physician’s chosen field.

The eligibility requirements specifically for candidates who seek board certification through the BCA include (but are not limited to):

  • A completed Anesthesiology application, with the required processing fee and two passport-sized photographs taken with the past 90 days, along with a notarized signature
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 program or an AOA-accredited internship
  • Completion of ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency in Anesthesiology
  • At least two years in private Anesthesiology practice (waived for those completing fellowship training post-residency)
  • Documented completion of at least 30 hours of CME in Anesthesia during the preceding two years

The standards and eligibility requirements 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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