We partner with other medical specialty certifying boards to provide combined training programs with emergency medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. These programs consist of a minimum of five years of residency training, and prepare physicians for dual certification in both anesthesiology and the other specialty. Participants can take the certifying exam for either board once they successfully complete training.
Residents have the option to complete training away from their ACGME-accredited anesthesiology programs after they complete at least one year of CA training, unless the training will be in another ACGME-accredited anesthesiology program. This option is not available during the last three months of residents' CA-3 year. Their program directors should submit the request for training away to our Credentials Committee at least four months before the physician begins the training.
Residents who are enrolled in an ACGME-accredited program can also pursue research initiatives at the same time. They can dedicate as much as 25 percent of their three- or four-year training program, and 38 percent of their five-year program, to scholarly activities. To qualify for research options, residents need to have a satisfactory training report for the six months preceding their research period. If research activities will span more than six months, program directors should develop a plan with strict guidelines for research activities and work product oversight.
The AEP program encourages outstanding international medical program graduates and certified anesthesiologists to become productive members of academic anesthesiology programs in the U.S. and provides a pathway for them to take our staged exams for anesthesiology certification.
Anesthesiology departments can now have as many as four international medical graduates enrolled in the AEP program at one time.