Physician Volunteers

Our nearly 700 anesthesiologist volunteers dedicate time away from their busy clinical 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 excellence in our specialty.

We periodically recruit anesthesiologists to serve as question authors, examiners and members of our Board of Directors. Details about our recruitment processes for each volunteer type are located below.
 

Question Authors


Question authors are responsible for drafting MOCA Minute® and exam questions.

 

Nomination Period
Aug. 1 – 31
 
Qualifications

  • ABA diplomate with current certificate in anesthesiology or a subspecialty
  • Actively participating in MOCA 2.0®
  • Satisfactory professionalism and professional standing
  • May not participate in any board review activities for which a fee is charged; such activities are conflicts of interest
 
How to Apply
  • Draft two original assessment questions for submission with application.
  • Submit the question template and application available on our website during nomination period.
 
Selection Process
Staff review applications to ensure applicants meet qualification requirements. Applicable exam committees review applications and questions, and select new authors. New authors notified by Nov. 1.
 
Commitment
Terms are typically three years. Authors may serve up to three consecutive terms subject to reappointment. They are expected to produce 10-18 items per year. New authors attend an item writing workshop in Raleigh, N.C., at beginning of their first term.
 
Promotions
Question authors may be promoted to question editors and exam committee members based upon performance. 


Examiners

Examiners are responsible for administering the Standardized Oral Examination (SOE) and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) components of the APPLIED Examination.

 

Recruitment Schedule
June 1 – Oct. 15
 
Qualifications
  • ABA diplomate with current certificate in anesthesiology or a subspecialty
  • Certified for at least three years
  • Actively participating in MOCA 2.0
  • Clinically active in anesthesiology or a recognized anesthesiology subspecialty
  • Satisfactory professionalism and professional standing
  • May not participate in any board review activities for which a fee is charged; such activities are conflicts of interest
  • May not participate in the oral exam process of other countries
 
How to Apply
  • Submit a letter of nomination, nominee contact information, a curriculum vitae, and the names and email address of three ABA-diplomate references.
  • Prospective examiners may self-nominate or be nominated by another ABA diplomate.
 
Selection Process:
Staff review applications to ensure nominees meet qualification requirements. Our Board of Directors reviews and selects applicants at the January board meeting. Selected applicants are notified in February.
 
Commitment
Examiners typically examine at least one week per year for 22 consecutive years or until they reach the age of 65. 


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors leads the work of the Board and provides strategic vision to advance our mission and the practice of anesthesiology.

 

Qualifications
  • ABA diplomate with current certificate in anesthesiology or a subspecialty
  • Active volunteer (e.g., examiner, question author/editor, committee member)
  • Actively participating in MOCA 2.0
  • U.S. citizen
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Must be aged 53 or younger at the time of election
  • Satisfactory professionalism and professional standing
  • May not participate in any board review activities for which a fee is charged; such activities are conflicts of interest


Nomination Process
The Joint Committee of the ABA, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Section Council on Anesthesia of the American Medical Association (AMA) (also known as the Triple Committee) nominate candidates for ABA directorships. The committee includes three ABA representatives, and two each from the ASA and AMA. The ABA president serves as the non-voting committee chair. Any committee member may submit candidate names for consideration. The Committee selects three nominees per available director position when a current director is not eligible for reelection. The final set of nominees make up the Certified Slate from which the ABA Board of Directors selects new directors.
 
Selection Process
The ABA’s Board of Directors elects new directors from the Certified Slate of Nominees during its January board meetings based on Board leadership needs and selection guidelines.
 
Commitment
ABA Board Directors are eligible to serve three, four-year terms for a total of 12 years. They serve on and/or lead one or more Board committees during their tenure, in addition to their volunteer work as examiners or exam/assessment committee members. Directors spend approximately 30–45 days per year traveling for Board business, in addition to other responsibilities that do not require travel.