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.

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
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