ABA Studies Oral Exam Relationship to License Challenges

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American Board of Anesthesiology
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Since 2005, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar has functioned as an anesthesiologist and a partner at Southern Maryland Anesthesia Associates in Lanham. In addition to his medical education, Dr. Aarohi Ambardekar has received certification to practice his specialty from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).

According to “Effectiveness of Written and Oral Certification Examinations to Predict Actions against the Medical Licenses of Anesthesiologists,” a study conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) in partnership with the ABA and published in a recent issue of Anesthesiology, physicians who pass the ABA’s oral examination will face fewer challenges to their licensure than those who pass the written exam alone or neither of the exams. To sit for the oral exam, which measures, among other things, decision-making skills and adaptability to unanticipated clinical exigencies, physicians must first pass the written exam.

For the purposes of this study, the ABA and FSMB studied data from nearly 50,000 physicians who went into the anesthesiology field over the 40-year period between 1971 and 2011.