SECTION 1. DUTIES
The duties of the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology (hereinafter also referred to as “the Board” or “AOBA”) are to:
- Define the qualifications for and to serve as an advisory body for all applicants for certification in the specialty of anesthesiology and any other specialty or field or practice which may be assigned to its jurisdiction.
- Determine, in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws, the standards of education, formal training and practice required for certification in the specialty of anesthesiology and any other specialty, subspecialty and/or certification of added qualifications which may be assigned to its jurisdiction, subject to the recommendation of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) and the approval of the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Establish procedures, in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws, for the conduct of examinations at least once a year.
- File its recommendations and pertinent information concerning each applicant for certification, as required by the BOS.
- Provide and issue certificates in all specialties and subspecialties assigned to the AOBA, in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws.
- Recommend the revocation of a certificate in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws.
- Record and keep permanently on file all applications submitted, complete records of examination results, and maintain a registry of diplomates.
- Determine and collect the application and examination fees, in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws and provide the funds necessary to finance the operation of the AOBA.
- Arrange for all meetings necessary for the Board to carry out its functions as provided for in these Bylaws.
- Recommend a member of the AOBA to act as representative on the BOS. In case of the inability of the regular representative to attend the sessions of the BOS, an alternate shall be recommended, as provided in the AOA "Policies and Procedures of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists and AOA Specialty Certifying Boards" (Polices and Procedures of the BOS).
- Conduct its activities in relation to the officers of the AOA, the BOS, other Specialty Certifying Boards and applicants for certification and recertification, in accordance with the Polices and Procedures of the BOS.
- Establish, in conformance with these Bylaws, all necessary rules and procedures governing the activities of the Board which are not provided by the BOS and the AOA Board of Trustees.
- Report all recommendations regarding candidates for certification and recertification to the BOS for approval, and all other actions, recommendations and activities through the BOS to the AOA Board of Trustees for approval.
- Maintain a recertification process, as approved by the BOS and the AOA Board of Trustees. Issue certificates of recertification to candidates who successfully complete the recertification process, subject to the approval of the BOS.
- Establish and maintain an Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) process.
- Receive application, examination and other fees and such amounts as may be fixed by the Board; to invest money of the organization in such securities and properties as they may determine, and to do all other things generally in proper conduct of the affairs of the organization.
- Keep the records of the organization at such places as may be designated by the Board.
SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS
For the purpose of the operation of the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology, the following division of practice is defined. Anesthesiology is the branch of medical science, art and practice concerned with the:
- Use of pharmacologic agents and other methods for rendering the patient insensible to the pain and emotional stress of surgical and obstetric operations, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
- Medical evaluation and preparation of the patient prior to the administration of anesthetic agents.
- Recognition, evaluation, and treatment of the physiologic responses coincident to the administration of anesthetic agents.
- Care and management of intercurrent disease, before, during and after the administration of anesthetic agents.
- Recognition, evaluation, and treatment of complications related to the use of anesthetic agents.
- Control of pain in patients with acute and chronic illnesses.
- Care and management of patients unconscious from any cause.
- Application of the principles and practice of anesthesiology to the care of the chronic and critically ill patient.
- Pain management in anesthesiology is the multi-disciplinary subspecialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of painful disorders. This multi-disciplinary approach is associated with both the acute and chronic pain patient both in the hospital and non-hospital settings
- Critical care management in anesthesiology is the multi-disciplinary subspecialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of critical care disorders. This multi-disciplinary approach is associated with both the acute and chronic patient in a critical care setting.