Board Certified In Anesthesiology!

Yesterday marked an important day in my professional career. I passed my ABA applied exam! I am now officially board certified and recognized as a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology (D.ABA).

I got to thinking… geez, I’ve been in school for a while: 11 years of grade school, 3 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 4 years of anesthesiology residency, and about 75% done with my first fellowship. I then wondered financially, how much have all my “medical exams” amounted to?

Start off with the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE):

  • Step 1 (March 28, 2012) – $530
  • Step 2 CK (November 4, 2012) – $530
  • Step 2 CS (August 14, 2012) – $1,230
  • Step 3 (June 8, 2014) – $800

Now the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) exams:

  • Basic written (June 11, 2015) – $775
  • Advanced written (July 28, 2017) – $775
  • Applied oral and OSCE (March 5, 2018) – $2,100

Then the full, initial physician license in Massachusetts (required to sit for the aforementioned Applied exam) – $1,555 + $600 renewal = $2,155

Add that up. That’s almost $9000 worth of mandatory exams and licensing. I’ll be spending another $1,600 for my critical care boards this fall… and there will be some other fee for my advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) certification in 2019. 😯

But it’s ALL worth it! 😉

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  1. Finally got your achievements ,you know how much we celebrate I’m a bit shock when I saw your post .my colleague asking why I’m jumping and cheering dr.rish your so blessed.

    What’s ur coming soon plans for celebration?
    We’re so proud of you as ur followers in IG.THANK YOU for continuing to share ur knowledge being a doctor .your big help for me even dow I didn’t got to finished my nursing I learned a lot and I used to it to my profession here in middle east as nursing aid.
    More success ….. Dr.Rish Kumar

    Thank you!!!


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