ASA News: ABA Subspecialty Certification Examinations

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January 1, 2014 Volume 78, Number 1
ASA News: ABA Subspecialty Certification Examinations


ABA Subspecialty Certification Examinations: Pediatric Anesthesiology

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) will administer its 2014 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.

 

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.

 

Questions?

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

 

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.

 

Call for Question Writers for the American Board of Anesthesiology

 

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is seeking nominations for new question writers for the In-Training, BASIC and ADVANCED Examinations. Each question writer will be responsible for preparing 18 multiple-choice questions per year from specifically assigned sections of the examination content outline. Question writers will be appointed for four-year terms during which they will receive guidance and feedback from experienced question editors and examination committee members.

 

Qualified applicants must have valid, unexpired Board certification in anesthesiology and must be actively participating in the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®). Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by another ABA diplomate. If an individual is nominated by another ABA diplomate, the individual will be contacted to ensure that s/he is willing to be considered for a position.

 

The nomination and appointment process is as follows:

• To apply, please forward a letter of nomination with current curriculum vitae (CV) no later than January 31, 2014. Nominations may be sent to the ABA via email to nominations@theABA.org, via fax to (866) 999-7503, or via mail to The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc., 4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1500, Raleigh, NC 27609-5765.

• Following a review of the nomination letters and CVs, the ABA will contact finalists in February with instructions to write three multiple-choice questions, two of which will be from assigned areas of the examination content outline and a third question in a content area of the applicant’s choice. The questions will be due one month later.

• New question writers will be selected based on the quality and timeliness of their submissions and will be notified of their appointment in April, 2014. All new writers will be expected to participate in an item-writing workshop in the spring, following which they will receive their first annual item assignments.