The Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA) Is a Competitive Board Certification Choice for Anesthesiologists

The BCA Is a Competitive Certification Choice for Anesthesiologists If you’re a qualified and experienced anesthesiologist who wants certification from a board that’s recognized throughout North America, you’ll be pleased to know the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA) offers credentialed physicians like you certification in the specialty. The BCA is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), which is recognized in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a premier choice for physician certification.

Founded in 1952 to give physicians a way to validate their skills through rigorous testing and distinguish themselves as skilled medical specialists, the ABPS is the nation’s smallest multi-specialty certification body but also among the most efficient. Unlike what some physicians experience with larger boards, the BCA is highly responsive to the specific needs of anesthesiologists practicing today.

BCA Certification Recognizes Talent & Dedication

The BCA certification exam consists of written and oral questions. You can learn more about this clinically-based exam here.

Anesthesiologists who pass both exam components are specialists who have shown command of anesthesiology’s core concepts and possess all the skills required to provide the finest patient care possible. By passing the rigorous BCA exams, a physician becomes a member of a community of like-minded medical specialists who share best practices and enjoy more opportunities for career advancement. Consider as a measure of proof that BCA-certified physicians practice their specialty at some the nation’s most respected medical institutions.

When anesthesiologists earn BCA certification, they can expect that the ABPS will work diligently on their behalf with practice management groups, legislators, and other industry influencers to ensure BCA Diplomates have a strong voice in their community.

For more information about the BCA’s mission, or if you’re interested in applying for BCA certification, contact the ABPS. As an organization that proudly maintains a non-discriminatory approach to board certification, we welcome applications from anesthesiologists who have been previously certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).


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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

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To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

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Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

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