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Staged Examinations


The ABA is transitioning to a new assessment program that will complement the movement of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) toward competency-based training and promotion.

Rather than taking the Part 1 Examination at the conclusion of residency, ABA candidates who will complete residency training on or after June 30, 2016 will take a staged Part 1 Examination that will consist of two separate examinations. The first of these examinations, the BASIC Examination, will be offered beginning in July 2014. It will be followed by the ADVANCED Examination after the conclusion of residency training in 2016.

The ABA’s current Part 2 (Oral) Examination will become the APPLIED Examination. Beginning in 2017, its content and format will change to include elements of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in addition to the traditional oral examination questions.


The transition to the new assessment program will be implemented as follows:

  • ABA candidates who began a four-year CA training residency in July 2012 and are scheduled to complete residency training on or after June 30, 2016 will be in the Staged Examinations System. These candidates must satisfy all requirements for Board certification, including successful completion of the BASIC, ADVANCED and APPLIED Examinations, within 7 years of the last day of the year in which residency training was completed.
  • ABA candidates who complete residency training before June 30, 2016 must satisfy all requirements for Board certification, including successful completion of the traditional Part 1 (Written) Examination and the Part 2 (Oral) Examination, within 7 years of the last day of the year in which residency training was completed.

Staged Examinations Dates


WINTER 2015 BASIC Examination

Examination Dates January 10, 2015
Registration Sept. 22 – Nov. 30, 2014
*Late Registration December 1 – 26, 2014

SUMMER 2015 BASIC Examination

Examination Dates July 28 - 29, 2015
Registration March 1 – May 31, 2015
*Late Registration June 1 – July 13, 2015

*There is an additional $500 fee for any registration submitted during the late registration period.

Fees for Staged Examinations (Beginning in 2014)

Staged examination fees will be due upon examination registration. There will be no application fees.

  • BASIC Examination fee of $775.
  • ADVANCED Examination fee of $775.
  • APPLIED Examination fee of $2,100.

Total fees due for staged examinations are the same as those for the current primary examination system. There is a $200 cancellation fee to cancel an examination appointment. The fee must accompany a candidate's cancellation letter.

BASIC ADVANCED APPLIED

The BASIC Examination will focus on the scientific basis of clinical anesthetic practice and will concentrate on content areas such as pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, anesthesia equipment and monitoring.

The ADVANCED Examination will primarily focus on clinical aspects of anesthetic practice and will emphasize
subspecialty-based practice and advanced clinical issues; however, it will cover topics from the full content outline for the BASIC and ADVANCED Examinations.

In the new staged exam system, the current Part 2 (Oral) Exam will become the APPLIED Examination. Its content and format will change to include elements of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in addition to the oral examination questions.



Computerized In-Training Examination

The ABA has moved to an electronic administration of the In-Training Examination (ITE) as part of the transition to the staged examination system. This allows the ITE to accurately reflect the format and content of the Part 1, BASIC and ADVANCED Examinations.

The 2014 ITE will be administered at residency training programs on February 20 - 24, 2014. Please visit the In-Training Examination section of the Examinations & Certifications page for more information and previous examinations and answer keys.


General Information for Training Programs

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