The American Board of Physician Specialties Offers a Choice in Certification for Anesthesiologists with the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)

The ABPS Offers a Choice in Anesthesiology CertificationIt’s safe to say that anesthesiologists are involved in a majority of the more than 40 million surgical procedures carried out under anesthetic each year in the United States. However, these specialists play a much wider role than putting people to sleep for surgery. They are also involved in carrying out assessments in critical care units, dealing with emergency situations, and giving advice about pain management. As valued physician specialists critical to safe and effective patient care, anesthesiologists deserve to be recognized for their continued contributions to the nation’s health care system

Although board certification is not required to practice medicine, the certification process serves as a definitive way for physician specialists to earn recognition for their expertise. As one of the medical profession’s most highly esteemed credentials, certification is proof that a physician has completed years of intensive training and is conversant in a specialty’s core concepts and clinical best practices.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we offer qualified anesthesiologists board certification through our Member Board, the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA). The ABPS is a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body, with Diplomates practicing at prestigious institutions across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. As with any of our specialty boards, certification with the BCA:

  • Is a reliable indicator of an anesthesiologist’s ability to care for patients in a compassionate and professional manner
  • Makes anesthesiologists more marketable to hospitals and other employers, which are increasingly showing a preference for board-certified physicians
  • Increases a physician’s opportunities for positions of more responsibility and higher earnings
  • Reveals a professional commitment to abide by the ABPS medical code of ethics

Ultimately, certification with the BCA can lead to better patient care. By offering psychometrically tested standards designed to ensure the best patient care possible, the BCA is a leading choice for certification in anesthesiology. To learn more, including details about the BCA’s eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine