Recent Modifications to the Eligibility Requirements for Anesthesiology Board Certification

Anesthesiology Certification RequirementsThe eligibility requirements for physicians who wish to apply to become board certified through the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA) have recently been modified. Here is an overview of the recent modifications made to the eligibility requirements for Anesthesiology Board Certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS):

  • Applicants who have completed their anesthesia residency no longer are required to have completed at least two years of post-residency practice before they can apply for certification. Cases completed during the residency are sufficient to meet the case report requirement.
  • Applicants no longer must submit age/system/technique forms, which are made redundant by the case reports.
  • Applicants who completed a residency more than two years before the application is submitted require documentation of a minimum of 30 hours of continuing medical education (CME) in Anesthesia. The CME must have been completed during the two years preceding the application submission. Applicants who have completed their residencies within the past two years are not required to undergo CME.

These changes regarding Anesthesiology Board Certification are not intended to supersede the general eligibility requirements of the ABPS, which include the following:

  • Conformity with the ABPS Code of Ethics
  • Graduation from a recognized college of medicine holding an M.D. or D.O. degree. In the case of foreign medical schools, an English transcription of the document is also required. Graduates of foreign medical schools must also include a copy of their Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate
  • Possession and annual maintenance of a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, its territories or Canada as an ongoing requirement to retain board certification
  • Submission of a current curriculum vitae, which includes medical school experiences and degrees earned, in chronological order

Contact the ABPS to learn more about the modifications to the eligibility requirements for Anesthesiology Board Certification. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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