Royal College of Physician Surgeons of Canada-Trained Anesthesiologists Working in the United States are Eligible to Certify With the American Board of Physician Specialties®
The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) encourages anesthesiologists trained by the Royal College of Physician Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) to apply for physician certification with the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA). As a Member Board of the ABPS, the BCA offers a certification exam that allows successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in anesthesiology. Passing 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.
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 2021 schedule, click here.
Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for 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 their organizations and fellow staffers alike, giving patients peace of mind that they will receive the best health care possible.
If you are an RCPSC-trained physician and would like more information about anesthesiology certification through the BCA, contact the ABPS today.