Statement attributable to the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology:

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a passing inconvenience that will be here and then gone in a short period of time. The disruption of our lives, our plans, and our futures is the new norm, and uncertainty seems to be just as prevalent each day as it was the day before. A return to normal is likely much more distant in the future than most expected. Each week will now likely become the predictor for the following week. Life will be based on week to week decisions for many of us for quite a while.

The AOA and AOBA remain sensitive to these issues. We are, and will, do what is in our power to provide and to preserve certification in Anesthesiology for our diplomates and candidates. Until the future of the pandemic becomes clearer, it remains difficult to provide dates for resuming examinations. Currently, it appears that late summer or early fall 2021 will be the earliest opportunity to administer an exam. Ultimately, the conditions in this country at the time of resuming active testing will dictate which options will need to be utilized at the time.

Certifying Board Services, the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, the AOA administration, and each specialty certifying board have been in contact throughout this ordeal and/or have met via virtual meeting to navigate the actions we are taking. It is a daunting task, but be aware; the health and wellness of the practicing physician, residents, students and public remains our priority. Everyone should be protected. Though the numbers have decreased, AOBA is still being contacted by concerned individuals. All of us are doing the best we can in an uncertain environment.

Be calm. Be patient. Be reassured. And, above all else, be safe and be well.