About The ABA

The mission of the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. The Board administers initial and subspecialty certification exams as well as the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, which is designed to promote lifelong learning, a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. Based in Raleigh, N.C., the ABA is a nonprofit organization and a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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The history documentary captures our rich history and the pivotal events that have shaped the Board’s path. It includes chapters that highlight the early days of anesthesiology, the evolution of the Board’s exams, the advancement of the MOCA program and future ABA initiatives.



We have been recognized for three consecutive years by the National Association for Business Resources as one of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® in the Nation.

We have been recognized as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Companies to Work for 2016. The award acknowledges our accomplishments in creating a collaboration-driven culture that strongly values staff’s dedication to providing high-quality service to its physician constituents.

We were also honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for our use of effective workplace strategies to increase organizational and employee success. This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in North Carolina and across the country.

Quick Facts:

Founding bodies:
American Society of Anesthetists, Inc., the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Inc.,
and the Section on Surgery of the American Medical Association
Parent board:
American Board of Medical Specialties


In-Training Examination ADVANCED Examination (Staged Exams) Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination
In-Training Examination - Pain Medicine APPLIED Examination (Staged Exams) Sleep Medicine Examination
Part 1 Examination (Traditional) MOCA Examination Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination
Part 2 Examination (Traditional) Critical Care Medicine Examination  
BASIC Examination (Staged Exams) Pain Medicine Examination