Our staged exams, taken during and after residency, encourage physicians to engage in more sustained study. If you complete your training on or after June 30, 2016, you’ll take the staged exams – BASIC, ADVANCED & APPLIED Exams – to earn your certificate in anesthesiology.
View the Initial Certification Content Outline to prepare for the BASIC and ADVANCED Exams.
You have seven years from the last day of the year in which you graduated to satisfy all certification requirements. If you don’t, you’ll need to reestablish eligibility for our exam system.
The exam focuses on the scientific basis of clinical anesthetic practice, including pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, anesthesia equipment and monitoring. We encourage you to take it at the end of your CA-1 year. We’ll assign you an exam date after you register and can only change your assignment for religious observance, military commitments and medical accommodations.
After graduating from residency, you’ll take the ADVANCED Exam. It focuses on clinical aspects of anesthetic practice and emphasizes subspecialty-based practice and advanced clinical issues. We’ll assign you an exam date after you register and can only change your assignment for religious observance, military commitments and medical accommodations.
The APPLIED Exam includes the traditional Standardized Oral Examination (SOE) and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) component.
→ If you completed residency training on or after Oct. 1, 2016, you will take both the SOE and the OSCE components.
→ If you completed residency training June 30 - Sept. 30, 2016, you will only take the SOE component.
The SOE is based on guided questions that include a patient’s brief clinical history and emphasize the scientific rationale underlying clinical management decisions. You’ll participate in two 35-minute exam sessions that assess your judgment, adaptability to unexpected clinical changes, organization and presentation of information.
The OSCEs assess communication and professionalism and technical skills related to patient care. You’ll participate in a seven, eight-minute stations with four-minute breaks in between to review the next scenario. You may interact with a standardized patient actor or directly with an examiner as part of the scenario. The sessions will be recorded for grading purposes.
You can register for the APPLIED Exam in your portal as soon as you pass the ADVANCED Exam. Exam weeks are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Two months prior to the exam week, we’ll email you your specific exam date and time.
→ If you have not been assigned an exam date, time and location, you may request to change your APPLIED Exam week within the same calendar year. However, we cannot guarantee that a change will be made. To request a change, send a written request to our office with a check for the $500 exam change fee.
→ If you have been assigned an exam date, time and location, you may not request to change your APPLIED Exam week. If you do not plan to attend your scheduled exam, you must