Policy Books

The Policy Books (Booklets of Information) provide a comprehensive description of our policies and requirements for certification and maintenance of certification programs. We publish our policies annually online. Please click on an image below to read a book.
 

Staged Examinations

This book contains the policies for the new staged exams (BASIC, ADVANCED and APPLIED Examinations). Residents who will complete their training on or after June 30, 2016 will take the staged exams.

- Details are provided about the 2017 launch of the APPLIED Exam, which will only include the SOE component.
- Details are provided about the OSCE component of the APPLIED Exam, which launches in 2018.
- Physicians must now attest to their clinical activity every three years while in the exam system.
- Physicians who graduate from an American Osteopathic Association-approved anesthesiology residency program in the United States or its territories on or after the date the program receives full accreditation by the ACGME will receive ABA credit for their CA 1-3 years of satisfactory training in the newly accredited program.

Primary Certification

This book contains the policies for the traditional Part 1 and Part 2 Examinations, which will be taken by individuals who will complete residency training prior to June 30, 2016.  

- Physicians must now attest to their clinical activity every three years while in the exam system.
- Details are provided about Part 2 Examination week change request and cancellation policies.
- Revised reestablishing eligibility for primary certification status for candidates who do not attain certification within the seven year duration of candidate status policy period.

Maintenance of Certification

This book contains the policies for the redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0®, and the traditional MOCA program.

- Details are provided about the MOCA Minute pilot program standard.
- Revised reestablishing eligibility for primary certification status for physicians whose MOCA participation exceeds 13 years in one cycle.
- Details are provided about the 2017 launch of MOCA 2.0 for diplomates with subspecialty certificates. Diplomates who are maintaining more than one certificate will only have one set of MOCA 2.0 requirements.

Subspecialty Certification

This book contains the policies for subspecialty certification and recertification.

- Diplomates whose certificates expired in 2016 must pass the recertification exam before they can register for MOCA 2.0. They may take an exam one time each year through 2018 and may register for the 2017 exams beginning on March 1.

Anesthesiologists and Capital Punishment

The ABA has incorporated the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics in its Professional Standing Policy. ABA certification includes more than passing examinations; it also includes maintaining high professional and ethical standards. Specifically, it is the ABA’s Professional Standing Policy that diplomates should use their clinical skills and judgment for promoting an individual's health and welfare. To do otherwise would undermine a basic ethical foundation of medicine which is – first do no harm. If diplomates of the ABA participate in an execution by lethal injection, they may be subject to disciplinary action, including revocation of their ABA diplomate status. Click here for additional information on anesthesiologists and capital punishment.