News and Announcements

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

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're Seeking Question Authors  8/1/2017
We are seeking question writers for our exams and the MOCA Minute® pilot. 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.

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 and Mayo Clinic Study discovers SUD  2/23/2015

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.

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.