A path to ABA certification for outstanding international anesthesiologists
How this works
The AEP program provides a pathway for outstanding international medical program graduates and certified anesthesiologists to pursue ABA certification. Candidates for the AEP program should demonstrate documented achievement in teaching and/or scholarship rather than the potential for future success, which is required for acceptance into the AEP program.
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 earn ABA certification. Participants approved for the AEP program will take the staged exams for primary certification.
When the anesthesiology department enrolls the international medical graduate in the AEP program through either the clinician educator pathway or the research and fellowship pathway described below, the department must have an anesthesiology residency or fellowship training program with “continued full” ACGME accreditation status. Anesthesiology departments may have as many as eight international medical graduates enrolled in the AEP program at one time. A letter of justification from the department chair is required and will be reviewed for approval for any amount over four (effective Jan. 1, 2024).
Clinician Educator Pathway
This pathway provides a certification pathway for outstanding internationally trained and certified anesthesiologists who are working as faculty clinicians in the United States.
Research and Fellowship Pathway
The Research & Fellowship Pathway allows internationally trained and certified anesthesiologists to qualify for entrance into our exam system for primary certification in anesthesiology following four years of engaging in departmental educational activities.
AEP Fast Track Eligibility Requirements (effective Jan. 1, 2024)
The new fast-track pathway will allow AEP program participants who perform exceptionally well on the In-Training Examination (ITE) to enter the ABA’s staged examination system for initial certification sooner. Once AEP program participants achieve an ITE score of 46 or higher they will be immediately eligible to take the BASIC Exam during its next administration. AEP participants must pass each examination element (i.e., BASIC, ADVANCED, SOE and OSCE) on their first attempt to remain on the fast track pathway. This new pathway is intended to give exceptionally well qualified AEP candidates the opportunity to complete the ABA’s staged examination system along an accelerated timeline.
Fast Track Program Details:
- All AEP candidates must take the ITE each year they are in the AEP program until they receive a score at or above 46 for the fast track pathway.
- Once an AEP candidate scores at or above 46 on the ITE they become eligible to take the BASIC Exam during its next administration; they will no longer be required to take the ITE, although they may take it if they would like.
- If a candidate passes the BASIC Exam on their first attempt, they become eligible to take the ADVANCED Exam during its next administration. AEP candidates who fail the BASIC Exam on their first attempt will no longer be on the “fast track.”
- If a candidate passes the ADVANCED Exam on their first attempt, they become eligible to take the APPLIED Exam during its next available administration. AEP candidates who fail the ADVANCED Exam on their first attempt will no longer be on the “fast track.”
- Once an AEP candidate passes both components of the APPLIED Exam, their certification will be deferred.
- The chair of the anesthesiology department must submit a request on institutional letterhead to the ABA to modify the timeframe of the AEP training program based on the candidate’s progress and passing the exams. The request must be signed, dated and include specific details about the completion of the fast track pathway guidelines, successful completion of goals and objectives approved during the original 4-year plan, and tangible results achieved while in the program.
- After the request is received from the chair of the anesthesiology department, the Credentialing Committee will review the candidate’s progress toward the requirements included in their AEP academic and training plan. The Credentialing Committee will determine what, if any, remaining academic or training requirements need to be fulfilled before ABA certification will be conferred. The review process may take up to six weeks.