July 10, 2023

The ABA Announces New Physician Research Consultant

Raleigh, N.C. (July 10, 2023) – The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) announced today the appointment of John D. Mitchell, M.D., as our new Physician Research Consultant.

This newly created, part-time position will assist the ABA’s Research Committee to conceptualize, design and execute studies that advance the ABA’s research initiatives.

Dr. Mitchell will work with the Research Committee on various projects, including studies related to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestones, competency-based medical education, DEI and prospective studies of novel assessment methodologies. He will work with the ABA research team to identify and generate relevant data, direct analyses and participate in developing manuscripts for publication.

Dr. Mitchell began volunteering with the ABA as an oral examiner in 2014 and was a vital member of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Development Task Force from 2015 through 2016. He has continued his involvement with the OSCE Committee as the leader for the Interpretation of Echocardiograms station and vice chair for technical skills for the OSCE Committee. Dr. Mitchell also co-chairs a task force exploring innovative ways to better test technical skills for the OSCE, a component of the ABA’s APPLIED Examination for initial board certification.

“Dr. Mitchell has been instrumental in developing and elevating our OSCE program, providing insight and innovation,” said ABA Secretary Alex Macario, M.D., MBA. “We look forward to seeing how Dr. Mitchell’s research expertise and knowledge of our assessment and certification activities will advance the ABA’s research capabilities and, by extension, the entire specialty.”

Dr. Mitchell has extensive research experience, particularly related to informing best practices in medical education. Dr. Mitchell was the first recipient of the EAB Education Research Award from the Association of University Anesthesiology in 2022 and the Phillip Liu Award for Innovation in Anesthesia Education Research from the Society of Education in Anesthesia in 2017. He has contributed to numerous funded and unfunded projects, including multiple Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research grants.

Additionally, Dr. Mitchell served as a member of the ACGME Milestones 2.0 Creation task force and collaborated on developing the revised and enhanced Anesthesiology Milestones for the ACGME.

Dr. Mitchell is the vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine at Henry Ford Health in Detroit and professor and vice chair of anesthesiology at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.


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About the American Board of Anesthesiology

Our mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, we work with physicians to elevate practice standards and foster exceptional patient care. We administer initial and subspecialty certification exams as well as the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) program, which is designed to promote lifelong learning, a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. Based in Raleigh, NC, we are a nonprofit organization and a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).