Anesthesiology Clinical Competency

The ABA considers clinical competence in anesthesiology an initial step toward board certification in anesthesiology. The clinical anesthesia residency is intended to provide education and experience in the science and practice of medicine related to anesthesiology. During training, the faculty of the residency program instructs and observes the resident to assist in the development of those qualities essential to becoming board certified.

Because of the nature of anesthesia practice, diplomates must be able to deal with emergent life-threatening situations independently, promptly and efficiently. The ability to acquire and process information in an independent and timely manner is central to assure individual responsibility for all aspects of anesthesiology care. Adequate physical and sensory faculties, such as eyesight, hearing, speech and coordinated function of the extremities, are essential to the independent performance of the functions of the Board certified anesthesiologist. Freedom from influence of or dependency on chemical substances that impair cognitive, physical, sensory or motor functions also is an essential characteristic of the board certified anesthesiologist.
Clinical competence evaluation categories include the following essential attributes:
  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-Based Practice

Click here for more information on what is reported in the Anesthesiology Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) Report.