All osteopathic physicians seeking certification in anesthesiology shall be required to pass appropriate examinations planned to evaluate their understanding of the scientific bases of the problems involved, familiarity with current advances, possession of sound judgment and a high degree of skill in the diagnostic and administrative procedures involved in the practice of anesthesiology. The examinations shall be designed, constructed and conducted in such a manner as to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of the basic sciences, anesthetic principles and the osteopathic philosophy as it applies to the care and management of the anesthetized patient and to determine the applicant's ability within a clinical setting.
On completion of his/her training program, an osteopathic physician is eligible and qualified to become certified and shall be notified by the AOA of the definition and deadline of board eligibility. Such notification shall be included with the AOA annual report form sent to all residents and fellows.
To be eligible to receive certification 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 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. If the residency training was completed:
Prior to July 1, 1986, the physician must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of two (2) years of AOA-approved formal training in anesthesiology after satisfactorily completing an internship of at least one (1) year in a hospital approved for intern training by the AOA.
After July 1, 1986, the physician must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of three (3) years of an AOA-approved formal training program in anesthesiology after completion of an AOA-approved internship.
After July 1, 2008, the physician must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of four (4) years of an AOA-approved formal training program in anesthesiology.
All candidates must adhere to the American Osteopathic Association Code of Ethics and maintain the professionalism expected of a certified physician throughout the certification process. Any violation of ethical conduct on the candidate's part, particularly as it relates to hospital procedure or anesthetic practice, shall be deemed cause for revocation and failure of the candidate's certification process by the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology and by the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association.
Resolution 56 defines the certification eligibility for ABMS-certified anesthesiologists seeking primary certification from the AOA through the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiologists (AOBA). To be eligible for Resolution 56, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine must meet the following requirements:
- Be certified by the ABMS and completed residency training in anesthesiology prior to submitting an application.
- Be an AOA member in good standing at the time of the applications process. If the candidate is not a current AOA member, he/she will pay the full dues amount at the time of application. (Please note: Membership in good standing is a requirement to maintain AOA certification through the AOBA. To update membership, please contact the AOA's Member Service Center at (800) 621-1773 ext. 8284)
- Maintain CME hours to fulfill AOA and AOBA requirements.
- The candidate will not be required to have state of AOCA membership at the time of the application, although is recommended by the AOBA.
- Candidates will be subject to fees and additional requirements as designated by the AOBA.
- Candidates may download an application from the AOBA website.
ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians who participated in a clinical pathway (in lieu of completing a residency program in anesthesiology) to achieve ABMS certification may be allowed to enter the certification process under the following conditions: (a) The pathway must have been completed prior to 1995 and (b) the candidate must meet any additional requirements set by the AOBA.
The AOBA recognizes the equivalency of the ABA Written and Oral Examinations to the current AOBA examinations. However, the AOBA still requires a Clinical Examination as part of the certification process, which is not a part of the ABA process. Any candidate entering certification through Resolution 56 in the specialty of anesthesiology must comply with the Policy and Procedures concerning the AOBA Clinical Examination.