The ABA is transitioning to a new assessment program that will complement the movement of the Accreditation Council of Graduate
Medical Education (ACGME) toward competency-based training and promotion.
Rather than taking the Part 1 Examination at the conclusion of residency, ABA candidates who will complete residency training on or after June 30, 2016 will take a staged Part 1 Examination that will consist of two separate examinations. The first of these examinations, the BASIC Examination, will be offered beginning in July 2014. It will be followed by the ADVANCED Examination after the conclusion of residency training in 2016.
The ABA’s current Part 2 (Oral) Examination will become the APPLIED Examination. Beginning in 2017, its content and format will change to include elements of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in addition to the traditional oral examination questions.
The content outline for the BASIC and ADVANCED Examinations is available here.
FAQs on Staged Examinations are available here.
Staged examination fees will be due upon examination registration. There will be no application fees.
Total fees due for staged examinations are the same as those for the current primary examination system.
The BASIC Examination will focus on the scientific basis of clinical anesthetic practice and will concentrate on content areas such as pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, anesthesia equipment and monitoring.
The ABA has moved to an electronic administration of the In-Training Examination (ITE) as part of the transition to the staged examination system. This allows the ITE to accurately reflect the format and content of the Part 1, BASIC and ADVANCED Examinations.
The 2014 ITE will be administered at residency training programs at any time from 12:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Please visit the In-Training Examination section of the Examinations & Certifications page for more information and previous examinations and answer keys.
General Information for Training Programs