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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine