June 15, 2020

ABA Accepts Applications for New Examiners

We’re seeking additional physician anesthesiologists from private practice and academic medical centers to examine for our APPLIED Exams. Our examiners help us establish and uphold the highest standards for board certification through their service.

To be eligible, diplomates must:

  • Have a valid, unexpired certificate in anesthesiology
  • Have been certified no later than 2017
  • Be clinically active in the practice of anesthesiology or a recognized anesthesiology subspecialty, on average, at least one day per week during 12 consecutive months over the previous three years

Additionally, all applicants who are selected as examiners must be “Participating in MOCA” during their entire service term as an ABA volunteer.
Examiner Commitment:

Applicants should be prepared to devote one week as an examiner every year for 22 consecutive years or until they reach the age of 65. They must remain clinically active for their entire examiner tenure and must successfully complete the MOCA® program every 10 years. Additionally, they must not participate in any activity that may constitute a conflict of interest (e.g., practice APPLIED Exams when a fee is charged and courses solely devoted to preparing candidates to secure ABA certification).

We administer the APPLIED Examinations at our Assessment Center in Raleigh, N.C., and examiners are typically invited to one exam every 12 months. For each exam week, examiners serve Sunday afternoon until the following Thursday afternoon. We cover reasonable travel and hotel expenses and provide modest service and travel per diems. Examiners also receive 24 hours of Category 2 CME credit during the week, which may be reported to the AMA for its Physician Recognition Award.

How to Apply:
We have emailed diplomates who meet the eligibility criteria a link to the online application. They may submit applications by Aug. 14 with demographic information, details on why they’d like to volunteer and three ABA diplomate references. Current examiners do not need to apply.

We’ll notify applicants who have been selected as new examiners in February. New examiners will serve their first exam in either 2021 or 2022.

If you have questions, please email our staff at examiner.nominations@theABA.org.