Alternate Path for Entry for Primary Certification

The Alternate Entry Path (AEP) program allows international medical graduates who are certified by the national anesthesiology organization in the country where they trained and practicing anesthesiology in the U.S. to qualify for entrance into our exam system for primary certification in anesthesiology. The objective of the program is to encourage outstanding internationally trained and certified anesthesiologists to become productive members of U.S. academic anesthesiology programs. A record of documented achievement in teaching and/or 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.

An anesthesiology department can have as many as four international medical graduates enrolled in the AEP program at one time. AEP program participants will spend four years in an academic anesthesiology training program as fellows, researchers or faculty members. Participants are expected to actively participate in departmental educational activities and to otherwise retain or gain basic anesthesiology knowledge and experience that would help them to attain ABA certification. Participants approved to begin the AEP program after Jan. 1, 2014, will take the staged exams for primary certification.

 

NEW: Clinician Educator Pathway

 

 

We added the Clinician Educator pathway to provide a certification pathway for outstanding internationally trained and certified anesthesiologists who are working as faculty clinicians in the United States. Read our press release.

To be considered for entry into the AEP Clinician Educator Pathway, physicians must:   

  • Be internationally trained in an ABA-approved training program with 4+ years (3+ years of anesthesiology-specific training) of post-graduate education in anesthesiology.

  • Be board certified in anesthesiology from an ABA-approved certifying body. These countries have existing training and certification systems that are currently acceptable for entry into the AEP program: Australia & New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, Europe (other than UK and Ireland). Applications for candidates trained and certified in other countries will be considered on case-by-case basis.

  • Have a letter of support from the sponsoring program’s chair and program director.                

  • Be clinically active with a prospective, continuous four-year faculty appointment in an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology program.     

  • Hold an academic rank of assistant professor or higher at the time of application.

  • Have the sponsoring program’s department chair and program director submit a four-year mentoring plan for future academic development as a clinician educator, co-signed by the physician, for prospective approval by our Credentials Committee. We must receive the four-year plan no later than four months before the department enrolls the internationally certified anesthesiologist in the AEP program and the four-year period of continuous experience commences. For the portion of the four-year experience that will be spent as a clinician educator, please address these items:    

    • Describe how the contributions from the candidate will enhance the department’s educational program.

    • Describe the educational facilities available to the candidate over the course of the four-year plan.

    • Describe the department infrastructure available for the candidate to develop as a clinician educator.

    • Identify the specific individuals within the department or institution available to support the candidate’s development as a clinician educator.        

    • Identify the specific mentors or colleagues who will collaborate with the candidate in their development as a clinician educator over the four years; also, describe their roles in supporting the development of the candidate as an educator.

    • Document the tangible results expected from the candidate over the four years of the plan (e.g., book chapters, electronic educational media, manuscripts, grants, lectures, new curriculum development, trainees mentored by the candidate, national educational presentations, etc.)

  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching and excellence in clinical anesthesiology during the four-year period specifically designed and identified for the physician.

At the time of application, the sponsoring training program will submit a detailed four-year experience plan for the applicant, along with other documentation. All applications will incur a $2,500 fee, which must be mailed to our office with the mail-in form immediately following the application submission.

 

Research & Fellowship Pathway


To be considered for entry into the AEP Research and Fellowship Pathway, physicians must:            

  • Be internationally trained and certified anesthesiologists practicing in the U.S.

  • Be internationally trained in an ABA-approved training program with 4+ years (3+ years of anesthesiology-specific training) of post-graduate education in anesthesiology.                               

  • Have a pre-existing track record of scholarship as represented by the scholarship of discovery, dissemination and application. The scholarship of discovery is accomplished by obtaining peer-reviewed funding or by publication of original research in peer-reviewed journals. The scholarship of dissemination is accomplished by publication of review articles in peer-reviewed journals or chapters in text books. The scholarship of application is accomplished by publication of case reports or clinical series at local, regional, or national professional and scientific society meetings. High-quality ongoing scholarship is critical to acceptance into the AEP program.                                                                                   

  • Be clinically active with a faculty appointment for four continuous years in one ACGME-accredited anesthesiology program.                                                                                                                      

  • Have the chair of the anesthesiology department that sponsors them submit a four-year plan, co-signed by the physician, for prospective approval by our Credentials Committee. We must receive the four-year plan no later than four months before the department enrolls the physician in the AEP program and the four-year period of continuous experience commences.

  • Demonstrate discovery of new knowledge in the specialty, excellence in teaching and excellence in clinical anesthesiology during the four-year period specifically designed and identified for the physician.

At the time of application, the sponsoring training program will submit a detailed four-year experience plan for the applicant, along with other documentation. All applications will incur a $2,500 fee, which must be mailed to our office with the mail-in form immediately following the application submission.