Current 2nd year anesthesia residents around the country will be the second group to take the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) “basic” exam (basically, the first half of our board exams) between our CA-1 and CA-2 years. Here’s an excerpt taken straight from the ABA website:
The ABA’s BASIC Examination is a summative examination designed to assess a resident’s mastery of the educational objectives for the clinical base and CA-1 years of the continuum of education in anesthesiology. The continuum of education in anesthesiology consists of four years of full-time training subsequent to the date that the medical or osteopathic degree has been conferred. The continuum consists of a clinical base year and 36 months of approved training in anesthesia (CA-1, CA-2 and CA-3 years).
My game plan to study for this critical exam utilizes Freeman’s Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: BASIC Exam as a “textbook” with annotations from our didactic lectures, Barash, Morgan and Mikhail, Miller, and my summaries of the Hall question bank and over 10 years worth of ACE examinations. I’m about half-way through the text, but if I can scrounge up enough time, I’ll also try to get through the M5 review for more questions. Hopefully this rigorous preparation will help me score in the 90th+ percentile to get a recognition letter that many of our senior residents received. 🙂
250 questions. 4 hours and 40 minutes. It’s game day on June 12, 2015!