Program Accreditation & Board Certification

Program Accreditation

The anesthesia residency at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our last ACGME site visit was January 2024 and our accreditation status is Probationary Accreditation. The program is approved for 60 total resident positions (15 per year for the 4-year program).

Information specific to program requirements for an anesthesia training program and milestones for resident performance may be found at the ACGME’s Anesthesiology Review Committee (RC).

Board Certification

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) has been the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938 and their mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. The ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care.

The goal of our Anesthesia Residency Program is to obtain clinical competence in anesthesiology as the initial step toward board certification in anesthesiology. Our clinical anesthesia residency is intended to provide education and experience in the science and practice of medicine related to anesthesiology. During training, the faculty of the residency program instructs and observes the resident to assist in the development of those qualities essential to becoming board certified.

Because of the nature of anesthesia practice, diplomates must be able to deal with emergent life-threatening situations independently, promptly and efficiently. The ability to acquire and process information in an independent and timely manner is central to assure individual responsibility for all aspects of anesthesiology care. Adequate physical and sensory faculties, such as eyesight, hearing, speech and coordinated function of the extremities, are essential to the independent performance of the functions of the Board certified anesthesiologist. Freedom from influence of or dependency on chemical substances that impair cognitive, physical, sensory or motor functions also is an essential characteristic of the board certified anesthesiologist.

Clinical competence evaluation categories include the following essential attributes: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice.