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Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Certification Approved for Emergency Physicians

On June 26, 2013, the ABMS Board of Directors unanimously approved joint sponsorship between the ABA and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) of certification in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM). Emergency physicians can now apply for ACGME-accredited ACCM fellowship training after their Emergency Medicine residency training, and when qualified by completing a 24-month ABA-approved CCM fellowship, be able to seek Board certification.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs on Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Certification for Emergency Physicians are available here.

Program Standards, Program Applications, and Eligibility Criteria for ABEM Diplomates

Links to the program requirements for fellowship training in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine and to the program application can be found below, as well as a link to eligibility criteria for ABEM diplomates.

Programs that wish to offer a two-year fellowship must receive prospective approval from the ABA before any trainees accepted into the two-year anesthesiology critical care medicine fellowship can qualify for certification under the training pathway. The grandfathering provision will be available for four years beginning July 1, 2013. A physician seeking certification under the grandfathering pathway must complete both training and a practice component to be considered for certification.

Training Requirements for Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Programs

Program Application Form for Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine

Eligibility Criteria for ABEM Diplomates

Approved Two-Year ACCM Training Programs

Case Western Reserve University/University Hospital Case Medical Center Program
Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium Program
University of Michigan Program
Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System Program
University of Florida Program
University of Alabama Medical Center Program
University of Chicago Program
Emory University Program
Stanford University Program
University of Washington Program
UCLA Medical Center Program
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia Campus Program
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine Program
The University of Colorado School of Medicine Program

Update on Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Anesthesiology

Physicians interested in subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology can apply for this examination via their portal accounts. All physicians, including those who qualify via “grandfathering” criteria, must satisfactorily complete the subspecialty examination. Please visit the Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification section of the Examinations & Certifications page for more information on the examination, application criteria and frequently asked questions.

Click here to access Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination sample questions.

New Policy on Duration of Candidate Status for Primary Certification in Anesthesiology

The ABMS is striving to establish consistency amongst its 24 Member Boards regarding the time frame in which a physician must complete the requirements for certification relative to the physician’s satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program. On September 21, 2011, the ABMS created a new policy mandating that no more than seven (7) years can elapse between a physician’s completion of residency training and achievement of Board Certification.

Revised Policy on Duration of Candidate Status

To meet the requirements of the ABMS policy, our policy on the duration of candidate status has been modified. Effective January 1, 2012:

  • Candidates completing residency training prior to January 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification by January 1, 2019.
  • Candidates finishing residency training on or after January 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification within 7 years of the last day of the year in which residency training was completed.
  • The ABA will declare the candidate’s application void if the candidate does not satisfy the certification requirements within the time described above.

Further, the ABA Board of Directors approved eliminating all limitations on the number of opportunities to satisfy the Part 1 and Part 2 Examination requirements for all candidates currently in the primary certification examination system.

"Board Eligible" Status Not Recognized by the ABA

The ABA does not recognize "Board Eligible" as a physician status relative to the examination system for primary certification in anesthesiology. Physicians with an active application are considered candidates in the examination system, not "Board Eligible." Therefore, physicians should refrain from making any representations of being "Board Eligible."

Anesthesiologists and Capital Punishment

Professional Standing

The ABA has incorporated the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics, Opinion E-2.06 (June 2000) 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.

Information Regarding Status Designations

The ABA routinely reports through its web site or by mail, whether a physician is a Candidate in the ABA examination system or an ABA Diplomate. The ABA Diplomate and Candidate Directory will display these new status designations to the public and others interested in obtaining information about Board Certified anesthesiologists.

Diplomate status is limited to the period of time the physician's certification or application for certification is valid.

The ABA has expanded its diplomate status designations to include three new designations:

Instructions to changing status designations to:

Alternate Path for Entry into ABA Examinations for Primary Certification

Based on the results of a seven-year pilot program, we are pleased to announce that the Alternate Entry Path (AEP) will continue beyond the conclusion of the pilot in July 2014. The purpose of the program remains the same: to encourage outstanding internationally trained and certified anesthesiologists to become productive members of U.S. academic anesthesiology programs.

To be considered for entry into this program, applicants must have a pre-existing track record of significant, sustained scholarship in the areas of discovery and dissemination. The scholarship of discovery is demonstrated by receipt of peer-reviewed funding as a principal investigator or by first- or senior-authored publication of original research in peer-reviewed journals. The scholarship of dissemination is demonstrated by a record of consistent presentations at local, regional, or national professional and scientific society meetings or the publication of review articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks. A record of documented achievement in scholarship, rather than the potential for future success, is critical to acceptance into the AEP program, as is the ability of the sponsoring department to provide an outstanding academic environment.

AEP participants approved to begin the program after January 1, 2014 will take the staged examinations for primary certification in anesthesiology.

Effective July 1, 2014, all applications for physicians’ participation in the AEP program will incur a $2,500 fee. This fee must be submitted by the training program at the time the Alternate Entry Path Plan Request for Approval Form and supporting documents are submitted.

Adobe Acrobat Document Alternate Entry Path into ABA Primary Exam System

Adobe Acrobat Document Alternate Entry Path Plan

Data Privacy and Security Policy

The American Board of Anesthesiology exists to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. To fulfill our mission, the ABA must collect and utilize personal and professional information pertaining to our applicants and diplomates. We are aware of the trust you place in us to protect your privacy. The ABA has published a Data Privacy and Security Policy describing how we approach data privacy and information security. Our goal is to assure all persons disclosing information to the ABA of the sensitivity and care utilized in protecting this information.