The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) recently announced details of a transition in the process by which anesthesiology residents become Board-certified anesthesiologists. This paradigm shift happens to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the ABA. As this will represent a significant change for new residents, we would like to present some of the most frequently asked questions about the new process.

Yes. Traditionally, Board certification has required a written exam and an oral exam, both of which were taken after residency was completed. Part 1, the written test, is currently taken at the end of July or beginning of August following the CA-3 year. Rather than a single exam, Part 1 will now consist of the BASIC Examination, taken during residency, and the ADVANCED Examination, taken after the completion of residency training. Consequently, there will now be a total of three exams rather than two.

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