Features  |   March 2015
ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification: An Overview
Author Affiliations
  • Santhanam Suresh, M.D.
    Director, American Board of Anesthesiology Chair, ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Committee
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Pediatric Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   March 2015
ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification: An Overview
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 20-21.
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 20-21.
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) admini-stered its first Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification Examination in 2013 to 1,474 ABA diplomats, and 1,415 (96 percent) were awarded certification in the subspecialty. In 2014, 898 diplomates took the examination, and 797 (89 percent) were awarded subspecialty certification.
The pediatric anesthesiology examination is a comprehensive four-hour, computer-based exam consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions in the single-best-answer format. The exam is designed to broadly assess knowledge in the field of pediatric anesthesiology. All 200 questions must be answered. It is administered annually via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the United States, Canada and the U.S. territories. The ABA sends scheduling information to diplomates approximately four months prior to the exam.
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