American Board of Anesthesiology selects Drs. Terry Ellis, Sandeep Krishnan as board examiners

February 19, 2016

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology Chair Terry Ellis, M.D., and Associate Program Director Sandeep Krishnan, M.D., were selected to serve as oral board examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology. They will be responsible for assessing a candidate’s ability to demonstrate the attributes of an ABA diplomate when managing patients presented in clinical scenarios.

Potential examiners must be nominated by another diplomate. Examiners are chosen by the American Board of Anesthesiology Board of Directors. Serving as an oral board examiner is a volunteer effort requiring annual time commitment.

The board certification process for the specialty of Anesthesiology has undergone a significant transformation, including the required passage of a series of examinations: a basic exam, advanced exam and a two-part applied exam. The final component of board certification is passage of a traditional oral examination.

“This selection brings significant value to the Wayne State University Department of Anesthesiology Residency Training Program in that we will be intimately involved in the development and implementation of the new board certification process, which will directly benefit all trainees,” Dr. Ellis said. “Dr. Krishnan and I have not served in this capacity before, and we are honored and excited to have been selected.”

There were no oral board examiners within the WSU Department of Anesthesiology, the affiliated Detroit Medical Center residency program or the Henry Ford residency program before Drs. Ellis and Krishnan were appointed. Both are members of the Wayne State University Physician Group.

The exam is based on a guided question that includes a brief clinical history of a patient and emphasizes the scientific rationale underlying clinical management decisions. Candidates are expected to select and defend their plans of management. They must convince the examiners, ABA directors and other diplomates that their knowledge and judgment are sufficient to earn the confidence and respect of colleagues and patients.

“The attributes are sound judgment in decision-making and management of surgical and anesthetic complications, appropriate application of scientific principles to clinical problems, adaptability to unexpected changes in the clinical situations and logical organization and effective presentation of information,” Dr. Ellis said.
The ABA has been the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938.

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