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October 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 10
ASA News


40th National In-Training Exam Set for February 20-22, 2014

The Joint Council on Anesthesiology Examinations encourages all trainees in anesthesiology to participate in the 40th national In-Training Examination (ITE). The computerized examination, which consists of 225 multiple-choice questions, will be administered February 20-22, 2014 to all residents enrolled in an ACGME-accredited training program during the 2013-2014 academic year.


The ITE Content Outline, previous tests and answer keys,and sample ITE video questions are available in the Examinations & Certifications section of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) website at www.theABA.org. Keyword feedback will be supplied to examinees and program directors. Scores will also be provided to enable examinees to track their own knowledge growth and compare their performance with the performance of other residents at the same training level. Each program director will receive a summary of the performance of all trainees in their program, including all years a trainee has participated.


The ABA will contact training programs in late October 2013 with details on how to register residents for the examination. Registration for the ITE will be available from November 1, 2013 until midnight E.S.T. on January 2, 2014. The fee is $100 per examinee. Late registration will be available from January 3 - January 15, 2012, with an additional $50 fee.


Please contact the ABA Communications Center at (866) 999-7501 or coms@theABA.org with any questions.






Call for Part 2 Examiner Nominations

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is seeking anesthesiologists to assist with its Part 2 (now known as the APPLIED) Examinations. The nomination process will be open from August 1, 2013 until November 15, 2013. New APPLIED examiners will be selected by the Board of Directors in April 2014, and will serve at their first examination in either October 2014 or in 2015. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by another ABA diplomate.


Nominees must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. Have a valid, unexpired certificate in anesthesiology
  2. Have been certified no later than 2008
  3. Be actively participating in the MOCA® program
  4. In addition to actively participating in MOCA®, nominees certified in 1999 or earlier must have been recertified or obtained a MOCA® certificate within the past 10 years

The ABA minimum clinical activity requirement is 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.


Nominees should be prepared to serve as an APPLIED examiner during one examination administration week each calendar year. They must remain clinically active for their entire tenure as an APPLIED examiner. They must successfully complete the MOCA® program every 10 years. Additionally, they must not participate in any activity that may constitute a conflict of interest, such as practice oral examinations when a fee is charged and courses devoted solely to preparing candidates for ABA certification examinations.


The ABA is transitioning to a new structure for the APPLIED Examination as a part of the Staged Examinations program. Beginning in January 2017, in addition to the Standardized Oral Examination (SOE) the APPLIED Examination will include an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Beginning in 2015 all APPLIED Examinations will be administered in the ABA’s new assessment center located in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Examiners will be invited to one examination every 12 months. The ABA covers examiners’ reasonable travel, hotel expenses, and provides modest service and travel per diems.


Most examiners derive a strong sense of satisfaction from providing an important service to the profession. Examiners receive outstanding continuing medical education (CME) during each week of examination activity, for which the ABA officially acknowledges CME credit which may be reported to the American Medical Association (AMA) for its Physician’s Recognition Award.


The ABA seeks examiners from private practice as well as academic medical centers and will ask character referees to comment about how nominees stay current in their practice, how they interact with their surgical and anesthesia colleagues, and their area of specialty.


For those who are interested, a letter of nomination along with the nominee’s email and postal addresses, telephone number and current Curriculum Vitae, as well as the name and email and postal addresses of three ABA diplomates who could serve as referees, should be sent by November 15, 2013, to the ABA.


Nominations may be sent via email to exams@theABA.org or mailed to the American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc., c/o Part 2 Examiner Nominations, 4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1500, Raleigh, NC, 27609-5765.






ABA Duration of Candidate Status Policy Change

Primary Certification in Anesthesiology


The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) made changes to its policy on Duration of Candidate Status that will benefit candidates striving to attain primary certification in anesthesiology.


The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) adopted a policy on Board eligibility in 2011 that mandates that no more than seven years can elapse between a physician’s completion of residency training and achievement of Board certification. In order to meet the requirements of this ABMS policy, the ABA’s policy on Duration of Candidate Status was modified as follows:


  • Candidates completing residency training prior to January 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification by January 1, 2019.
  • Candidates completing residency training on or after January 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification within seven years of the last day of the year in which residency training was completed.

How the Policy Changes Benefit Candidates

As part of this policy change, the ABA Board of Directors removed all limitations on the number of opportunities for candidates to satisfy the Part 1 and Part 2 Examination requirements. Candidates now have one examination appointment per calendar year to successfully complete these examinations and satisfy all other requirements for ABA certification, based on the date residency training is completed (see above).


Physicians who are required to reestablish eligibility for primary certification are no longer required to take the In-Training Examination. Applicants who meet existing entrance requirements may apply to take the Part 1 Examination; however, they will not be considered candidates in the ABA Examination System until they have passed the Part 1 Examination. Once they have passed the Part 1 Examination, they will be considered to be candidates in the ABA Examination System and will be eligible to take the Part 2 Examination.


ABA Electronic Notifications

The ABA is continuing to transition from paper-based communications to all electronic communications. As such, all application information, examination notices, and other ABA communications such as the Booklet of Information and ABA newsletter will be sent via email. Please keep the ABA informed of any changes to your email address by updating your contact information in your ABA portal account, available at www.theABA.org. Please contact the ABA Communications Center at (866) 999-7501 or coms@theABA.org with any questions.






ABA Examinations in Subspecialty Recertification

Critical Care Medicine and Pain Medicine


The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will administer its examination for recertification in the subspecialty of Critical Care Medicine August 9-23, 2014. The ABA Pain Medicine Recertification Examination will be September 20-October 4, 2014. Both examinations will be administered via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers located throughout the United States. The ABA will send scheduling information to candidates approximately four months prior to the examination.


Physicians previously certified in Critical Care Medicine or Pain Medicine by the ABA may apply to recertify in the subspecialty. Applications for 2014 subspecialty recertification examinations may be submitted through December 22, 2013 via applicants’ ABA portal account. Applications received after December 22, 2013 will be considered for 2015 examinations. The ABA must receive all documentation required to make a decision about an applicant’s qualifications for subspecialty examination by March 15, 2014. An application will NOT be accepted if the required documentation is not received by that date.






ABA Duration of Candidate Status Policy Change

Subspecialty Recertification


The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) made changes to its policy on Duration of Candidate Status that will benefit candidates seeking subspecialty recertification in critical care medicine and pain medicine.


Diplomates whose subspecialty certification expires on or before December 31, 2019 are eligible for subspecialty recertification once more before enrolling in the Maintenance of Certification for Subspecialties Program (MOCA-SUBS®). Diplomates can take a subspecialty recertification examination as early as seven years after their most recent certificate was issued (see the chart below). Diplomates who choose to take a subspecialty recertification examination before their current certification expires will not lose time on their certification.



If subspecialty certification or recertification expires on…

The next time to apply for recertification is…

The final date to apply for recertification is…

December 31, 2014 – December 31, 2017

Apply by December 22, 2013

for the 2014 Examination

December 22, 2015

December 31, 2018

Apply by December 22, 2014

for the 2015 Examination

December 22, 2015

December 31, 2019

Apply by December 22, 2015

for the 2016 Examination

December 22, 2015


The duration of candidate status for subspecialty recertification is limited as follows:


  • Candidates currently in the ABA Examination System for subspecialty recertification will have until January 1, 2019 to satisfy all requirements for subspecialty recertification. The ABA will no longer limit the number of opportunities candidates will be given to satisfy an examination requirement. Candidates will now have one examination appointment per calendar year until January 1, 2019 to successfully complete the requirements for subspecialty recertification.

  • Candidates who apply for subspecialty recertification by December 22, 2015 will have until January 1, 2019 to satisfy all requirements for subspecialty recertification. The ABA will no longer limit the number of opportunities candidates will be given to satisfy an examination requirement. Candidates will now have one examination appointment per calendar year until January 1, 2019 to successfully complete the requirements for subspecialty recertification.



If a candidate does not satisfy all requirements for recertification within the prescribed time period, as described above, the ABA will declare the candidate’s application void. Physicians whose applications for subspecialty recertification are voided may enroll in MOCA-SUBS® to maintain subspecialty certification.


Questions?

Please contact the ABA Communications Center at (866) 999-7501 or coms@theABA.org.



 


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