News and Announcements

This section provides our diplomates and website visitors with information about recent ABA headlines and announcements.

ABA Explores Potential of Emerging Technology on Continuing Certification for Anesthesiologists  10/1/2019
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) today published a white paper that chronicles key themes from an Innovation Summit we hosted in Palo Alto, Calif. in April to explore how trends in learning science and technology can further transform the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) program.

Apply to Write Questions for Our Assessments  8/1/2019
We are seeking question writers for MOCA Minute® and some of our exams. Writers will be responsible for preparing multiple-choice questions from assigned content areas and will be paired with experienced question editors who will provide guidance and feedback. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Current question authors do not need to reapply.

ABA Announces Winner of First FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant  6/6/2019
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) have selected Benjamin H. Cloyd, M.D., as the inaugural recipient of the FAER/ABA Research Education Grant. The co-sponsored grant is designed to advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in the key elements of education in anesthesiology—curriculum, instruction and assessment. Dr. Cloyd will use the $100,000 award to evaluate the impact of MOCA participation on clinical practice and patient care. The two-year grant period begins July 1.

Read Our Response to the Vision for the Future Commission Report  3/21/2019
Last year, ABMS established the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission, an independent body established to provide recommendations about the future of continuing certification. After a year of comprehensive research, testimony, survey analysis and other work, the Commission issued its final report last month. Read about what this means for ABA diplomates.

Thank You to Our 2018 Physician Volunteers  2/21/2019

Our physician volunteers dedicate time away from their busy practices to examine candidates, write and review questions for our assessments, and assist us with program improvements and initiatives. We appreciate the expertise they bring to our programs and their commitment to helping us advance the highest standards of the specialty. View our 2018 volunteers.

ABA Recognized as a 2018 Best and Brightest Company  2/21/2019

The National Association for Business Resources has named the ABA one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® 2018. This is the second consecutive year we’ve won this prestigious award. It recognizes our effective workplace strategies and employee enrichment programs that increase staff and organizational success.

Diplomates Awarded Subspecialty Certification in 2018  1/31/2019

Join us in congratulating the diplomates who achieved initial subspecialty certification in 2018 in the multidisciplinary fields of pain medicine, critical care medicine, pediatric anesthesiology and hospice and palliative medicine.

Congratulations to 2018 Diplomates  1/30/2019

We're proud to announce the names of the physicians who achieved primary certification in anesthesiology in 2018. View the list of physicians who are now Board-certified diplomates.

New Absence from Training Policy is Effective July 1  1/29/2019

The Board of Directors voted to affirm the revised Absence from Training policy during its January Board meeting. Upon reviewing the feedback from nearly 2,000 residents, program directors, program coordinators, department chairs and diplomates, the Board felt it was appropriate to move forward, providing FAQs and guidelines to assist the programs with the policy’s implementation. The new policy will go into effect on July 1.

ABA Announces New Alternate Entry Path to Initial Certification  1/14/2019

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will now offer a new pathway to anesthesiologists trained and certified outside of the U.S. to qualify to take the ABA examination for initial certification. This new pathway – for clinician educators – is part of our Alternate Entry Path (AEP) program.

NEJM Publishes ABA-ACCME Research on Evolving Board Certification  1/10/2019

A perspective piece published online today by the New England Journal of Medicine chronicles our collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to guide diplomates’ lifelong learning and make MOCA® more meaningful.

Thank You for Your Feedback – Absence from Training Policy  12/19/2018

We appreciate the feedback we’ve collected regarding the proposed revision of the Absence from Training policy. We received nearly 2,000 responses to our survey, which is not surprising given the importance of this topic and its impact on trainees and training programs.

Fees Changing in 2020  12/10/2018

Our Board of Directors made a commitment several years ago to not increase our fees as we transformed our certification exams and assessments. In the ensuing years, we’ve enhanced the quality and professionalism of our programs to ensure that we can continue to advance our specialty, elevate standards of practice and guide lifelong learning. In 2020, we will increase our exam fees for the first time since 2012. However, the MOCA program fee will not change.

FAER/ABA Announce New Co-Sponsored Research in Education Grant  11/27/2018

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) are co-sponsoring a FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant to advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in the key elements of education in anesthesiology—curriculum, instruction and assessment.

ABA Research Finds Link between MOCA® Performance and Medical License Actions  11/8/2018

A study published in the October issue of Anesthesiology provides evidence that board-certified physician anesthesiologists who met Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program requirements were less likely to be disciplined by a state medical licensing agency. The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) began issuing time-limited certificates in 2000 and launched the MOCA program in 2004 to help its certified physicians maintain and enhance their knowledge throughout their careers.

ABA Elects New Board Officers  10/8/2018

We are pleased to announce the elections of Brenda G. Fahy, M.D., as the Board’s president and David O. Warner, M.D., as the vice president. Both directors officially began their roles following the fall 2018 Board meeting. The Board reelected Deborah J. Culley, M.D., as secretary and Santhanam Suresh, M.D., as treasurer.

ABA Commissions Physician Users’ Group to Guide Portal Redesign & New App  9/12/2018

We have commissioned 17 diplomates to help guide the redesign of our Physician’s Portal and the development of a new ABA mobile application that will provide our diplomates with a personalized, seamless digital experience. This initiative is part of a broader vision to further transform the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program and add greater value to diplomates’ practice.

Hurricane Florence Update  9/11/2018
We are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence. The Category 4 storm is currently expected to make landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday. As always, the safety and security of our diplomates and staff are of the utmost importance.

ABA Announces New Subspecialty Certificate in Neurocritical Care  7/9/2018

The American Board of Medical Specialties recently approved the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology’s request to offer a subspecialty certificate in Neurocritical Care. As a co-sponsor, we will offer the subspecialty certificate to our diplomates.

ABA Gender Study Shows Steady Gains for Women, More Work to be Done  6/25/2018

Anesthesia & Analgesia recently published an American Board of Anesthesiology study, titled “Gender Distribution of the American Board of Anesthesiology Diplomates, Examiners, and Directors (1985-2015),” demonstrating that the representation of women increased steadily among board-certified physicians, examiners and board directors between 1985 and 2015.

Call for Examiner Nominations  6/1/2018

We’re seeking additional physician anesthesiologists from private practice and academic medical centers to assist with our APPLIED Exams. Our examiners help us establish and uphold the highest standards for board certification through their service. We’ll accept nominations for examiners from June 1 to Oct. 15.

Extra Break Time for Nursing Mothers  5/29/2018
We know that taking a certification exam is an important step in your career, so we want to make sure you are in your best condition to be successful. We will provide extra break time for nursing mothers during most of our exams.

MOCA Minute® Transitions from Pilot to Permanent MOCA® Program Component  5/15/2018
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently approved our request to transition our MOCA Minute pilot to a permanent component of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program. The innovative longitudinal assessment has been widely embraced by anesthesiologists and has proven to be a robust evaluation tool for determining if they are maintaining their medical knowledge over time.

2017 Examination Results Released  5/10/2018
View the 2017 results for our primary and subspecialty certification examinations.

Anesthesiology Publishes ABA Research on BASIC Exam Effect on Residents’ Knowledge Acquisition  5/4/2018

A study published in the April issue of Anesthesiology provides evidence that the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) new staged examination certification process encourages more impactful studying and learning during anesthesiology training.

Primary Certification in Anesthesiology Awarded in 2017  4/25/2018

We're proud to announce the names of the physicians who achieved primary certification in anesthesiology in 2017. View the list of physicians who are now Board-certified diplomates.

2017 MOCA 2.0® End-of-Year Survey Results Similar to 2016  4/20/2018

We surveyed more than 24,000 diplomates in 2017 to gauge whether their impressions of MOCA 2.0® were changing. We received 4,291 responses (18%) and more than 7,000 comments. Here is a summary of what we learned.

Thank You to Our Volunteers  4/17/2018

We are grateful for the time and dedication of our diplomates and other physicians who assisted us in advancing the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology in 2017. View the 2017 volunteers.

ABA Launches OSCE for Certification  3/29/2018
We recently launched a new Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) component to our primary certification process, making us the first medical specialty certifying board to do so. The OSCE, which consists of short simulated clinical situations, is now part of the APPLIED Examination, the final of three examinations in the primary certification process.

ABA Welcomes New Directors to the Board  10/26/2017
We are pleased to announce the elections of Alex Macario, M.D., M.B.A., and Margaret Pisacano, B.S.N., J.D., to our Board of Directors. Dr. Macario officially began his term as a physician director and Ms. Pisacano as a public member director following the Fall 2017 Board meeting.

Message to All Impacted by the Hurricane  9/6/2017

We express our deepest concern for everyone impacted by the hurricane. We know that some of you in the affected areas are scheduled to take an exam at a Pearson VUE testing center or at our Assessment Center in Raleigh, N.C. If your testing center is closed or you are unable to travel to your scheduled exam, we will work with you to reschedule your exam.

We've Launched New MOCA 2.0® Features  8/1/2017

We've launched new features for MOCA 2.0® to enhance your experience in the program and support your lifelong learning goals. Our goal is to help you make your learning more impactful so you can fulfill your MOCA requirements in a meaningful way.

ABA/FSMB Study Finds Correlation Between Success on Oral Board Exam and Lowered Risk of License Action for Physicians  4/17/2017
A recent study published in Anesthesiology provides evidence that anesthesiologists who passed their oral board certification exam are significantly less likely to face actions against their medical licenses than those who passed only the written exam or neither exam. These findings provide evidence that the ABA's oral exam assesses important aspects of physician performance not fully captured in a written test.

ABA Sets MOCA Minute® Standard Using MDT  11/15/2016

The ABA Board of Directors has set the standard diplomates must meet using the MOCA Minute® pilot to demonstrate they are maintaining their specialty-specific knowledge.

ABA Awarded 2016 Gold MarCom Award for Branding  11/1/2016
The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) has awarded the ABA a 2016 Gold MarCom Award for its recent branding initiative, which included the launch of a new logo, website and brand identity. 

ABA Recognized as 2016 Best Place to Work  9/22/2016
The Triangle Business Journal has named the ABA one of the Best Medium Companies to Work for 2016. The award acknowledges the ABA’s accomplishments in creating a collaboration-driven culture that strongly values staff’s dedication to providing high-quality service to its physician constituents. This esteemed award honors the top 50-ranked businesses in North Carolina’s Triangle area.

Anesthesiology Publishes ABA Research on 2014 MOCA Minute® Pilot   8/25/2016

An ABA study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology found that active participation in the MOCA Minute® improved diplomates’ performance on the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®) Cognitive Examination.

ABA and MGH Study Finds Resident Clinical Performance & ABA Oral Exam Scores Link  6/9/2016
A study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia by the ABA and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that residents’ clinical performance scores correlated to their ABA oral exam scores when the exam was taken one year after residency completion. Study authors: Keith Baker, M.D.; Ph.D., Huaping Sun, Ph.D.; Ann Harman, Ph.D.; K. Trudy Poon, M.S. and James P. Rathmell, M.D.

The ABA Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices  5/31/2016
The ABA has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase organizational and employee success.

OSCEs Approved for 2018 Launch  5/23/2016
The ABA has approved plans to launch the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) component of its APPLIED Examination in March 2018. The OSCEs are designed to assess domains that are difficult to measure in the traditional written and oral exam formats, such as communication skills and professionalism. Candidates who complete residency training on or after Oct. 1, 2016 will be required to pass both the Standardized Oral Exam (SOE) and the OSCE components to satisfy the APPLIED Examination requirement.

ABA Sends Letter on HB2 to Governor McCrory  4/20/2016
The ABA sent a letter to North Carolina's Governor McCrory to express profound disappointment over the recently passed HB2.

ABA and ABEM Announce Combined Residency Training  4/4/2016
The ABA and the American Board of Emergency Medicine today announced the launch of a combined training option in emergency medicine and anesthesiology for residency programs. The combined program will require at least five years of residency training and will prepare residents for certification in both specialties. Residency programs seeking to offer this combined training must be approved by both boards before residents are recruited.

ABA Staff Discuss MOCA 2.0® in ABMS Videos   3/7/2016
Mary Post, Executive Director of Administrative Affairs and Ann Harman, Chief Assessment Officer at the ABA recently sat down with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to discuss the work that went into creating MOCA 2.0® and the Board’s innovative approach to assessment.

The ABA Launches MOCA 2.0® with MOCA Minute®   1/19/2016
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) announced this week that its redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®) and expansion of its MOCA Minute® pilot have successfully launched.

ABA Postpones OSCE Implementation  10/7/2015
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will postpone the implementation of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) into its APPLIED Examination to adequately prepare to launch this new and innovative exam component.

The ABA Announces MOCA 2.0® to Media  9/10/2015
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) today issued a news release about the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®) redesign. Read the full announcement to see a link to the Washington Post coverage.

MOCA 2.0® Update: Changes to Parts 2 & 4   8/31/2015
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will launch MOCA 2.0®, the redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), on Jan. 4, 2016. As part of this effort, we are making changes to MOCA Parts 2 and 4, and wanted to share the details with you.

ABA MOCA 2.0® Pilot to Launch Jan. 1, 2016  4/23/2015
Please see the April 23, 2015 email announcement below from James P. Rathmell, M.D., ABA Secretary on the MOCA 2.0® pilot, which is set to launch Jan. 1, 2016.

ABA Launches New Logo and Website  3/30/2015

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) unveiled its new logo and website today on National Doctors’ Day, which has its roots in anesthesiology.

ABA MOCA® survey provides feedback  8/21/2014

The ABA invited more than 29,000 diplomates to participate in a MOCA® survey to gain a better understanding of perceptions about the program

ABA produces simulation for MOCA® video  7/10/2014
The Board produced a short film designed to set expectations for simulation experience and explain its benefits.

ABA and Mayo Clinic Study Finds Increasing Risk of SUD Among Trainees  12/4/2013

A study by the ABA and Mayo Clinic found that nearly one in every 100 anesthesiology residents entering primary training from 1975 to 2009 developed substance use disorder during training.