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December 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 12
ASA News: ABA Examinations


ABA Subspecialty Certification Examinations: Pediatric Anesthesiology

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will administer its examination for subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

 

Applications for the 2014 subspecialty certification examination may be submitted electronically via the ABA Physician Portal through February 15, 2014. Applications received after February 15, 2014 will be considered for the 2015 examinations. The ABA must receive all documentation required to make a decision about an applicant’s qualifications for subspecialty examination by April 1, 2014. An application will NOT be accepted if the required documentation is not received by that date.

 

Physicians who apply for subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology must:

  • Possess an appropriate medical degree or its equivalent;
  • Hold an unexpired license to practice medicine or osteopathy in at least one state or jurisdiction of the United States or Canada that is permanent, unconditional and unrestricted. Furthermore, all licenses held must be active and unrestricted;
  • Be a diplomate of the ABA;
  • Be a participant in the ABA’s Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®);
  • Have satisfactorily completed fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology or possess the required practice experience in pediatric anesthesiology as described below.
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    Fellowship Training
    Satisfactory completion of a one-year fellowship program in pediatric anesthesiology that was ACGME-accredited throughout the time of enrollment, with verification from the program director;

     

    or

     

    Grandfathering Criteria
    (Only for diplomates who completed anesthesiology residency training before July 1, 2012)

     

    The anesthesiologist’s clinical practice must have been devoted primarily to pediatric anesthesiology for the last two years, or at least 30 percent of the anesthesiologist’s clinical practice, averaged over the last five years, has been devoted to pediatric anesthesiology. The anesthesiologist’s practice must include neonates and children under the age of 2 years and procedures considered high-risk. To apply with grandfathering criteria, diplomates must submit applications no later than February 15, 2015. Applications submitted after February 15, 2015 will not be considered with grandfathering criteria.

     

    ABA Diplomates with Non-Time-Limited Certifications (Certified before 2000)

    In order to apply for subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology, physicians must be participants in the MOCA® program. As such, diplomates certified in anesthesiology before the year 2000 must enroll in the MOCA® program via their ABA portal accounts before applying for pediatric anesthesiology subspecialty certification. Participation in MOCA® does not impact a non-time-limited certificate, but rather serves as an extra credential. Please note that previous anesthesiology recertification is not equivalent to participation in the MOCA® program.

     

     

    ABA Examinations in Subspecialty Certification:
    Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine

     

    The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will administer its examination for certification in the subspecialty of critical care medicine on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The ABA Pain Medicine Examination will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014, and the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination, administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine, will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014. All examinations will be administered via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers located throughout the United States, Canada and the U.S. territories. Candidates will receive scheduling information approximately four months prior to the examinations.

     

    All applicants for subspecialty certification must satisfactorily complete 12 months of training in an ACGME-accredited critical care medicine, pain medicine or hospice and palliative program by September 30, 2014. They also must be a diplomate of the ABA no later than December 31 of the year in which the subspecialty
    examination is administered.

     

    Applications for 2014 subspecialty certification examinations may be submitted through February 15, 2014 via applicants’ ABA portal account. Applications received after February 15, 2014 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 April 1, 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 Certification

     

    The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) made changes to its policy on Duration of Candidate Status that will benefit candidates striving to attain subspecialty certification in critical care medicine, pain medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, sleep medicine or pediatric anesthesiology.

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

  • Candidates who completed subspecialty training prior to January 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for subspecialty certification by January 1, 2019. 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 all requirements for subspecialty certification.
  • Candidates who complete subspecialty training after January 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification within seven years of the last day of the year in which subspecialty training was completed. 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 seven years of the last day of the year in which fellowship training was completed to successfully complete all requirements for subspecialty certification.
  • Candidates who enter the Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination System under grandfathering criteria must satisfy all requirements for subspecialty certification by January 1, 2019.
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    As part of this policy change, the ABA Board of Directors removed all limitations on the number of opportunities for candidates to satisfy the examination requirement. Candidates now have one examination appointment per calendar year to successfully complete the examinations and satisfy all other requirements for ABA certification, based on the date fellowship training is completed (see above).

     

    If a candidate does not satisfy all requirements for subspecialty certification within the prescribed time period, as described above, the ABA will declare the candidate’s application void and the candidate must reestablish eligibility for the ABA examination system.

     

    To reestablish eligibility, the applicant must complete four more consecutive months of training in the subspecialty. The training must be in an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology subspecialty program and be completed satisfactorily before applying for examination. Physicians will only be allowed to reestablish eligibility for the ABA examination system once.

     

    Questions?

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





     

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