The American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiologists (AOBA) currently provides diplomates, in the primary field of anesthesiology, Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in the subspecialties of Pain Management and Critical Care Medicine. To be eligible to receive a CAQ in either Pain Management or Critical Care Medicine from the AOA through the AOBA, the physician must meet the following minimum requirements:
The physician must be a graduate of an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
The physician must hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory. A physician for initial certification or recertification that has a restricted license may petition the AOBA for the ability to enter the certification or recertification process based upon review of the reason for license restriction.
The physician must be able to show evidence of conformity to the standards set forth in the Code of Ethics of the AOA.
The physician must have been a member in good standing of the AOA or the Canadian Osteopathic Association for the two (2) years immediately prior to the date of certification.
The physician must have satisfactorily completed residency training in anesthesiology.
The physician must be actively certified by the AOA through the AOBA in anesthesiology (primary certification).
After 2001, all CAQs are timed-dated, with a ten (10) year duration from the date of the initial certification date, as determined by the American Osteopathic Association. Maintenance of all CAQs will be through the OCC process described elsewhere.