Anesthesiology Board Review, ABA BASIC Exam Practice Questions

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“The knowledge acquired from working through allows the resident to prepare for the Anesthesiology exam on a firm footing.”

Basavana Goudra

ABA BASIC Question Bank Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Physics, Monitoring, and Anesthesia Delivery Devices
  • Mathematics
  • Evaluation of the Patient and Preoperative Preparation
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia
  • Monitored Anesthesia Care and Sedation
  • Intravenous Fluid Therapy During Anesthesia
  • Complications (Etiology, Prevention, Treatment)
  • Postoperative Period
  • Gastrointestinal / Hepatic Systems
  • Renal and Urinary Systems/ Electrolyte Balance
  • Hematologic System
  • Endocrine and Metabolic Systems
  • Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders
  • Physician Impairment or Disability: Substance Abuse, Fatigue, Aging, Visual and Auditory Impairment, American Disabilities Act
  • Ethics, Practice Management, and Medicolegal Issues
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

Anesthesiology BASIC Boards Tips and Statistics:

The ABA’s BASIC Examination is a summative exam 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 BASIC Examination consists of 250 questions and examinees have 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete the examination. The ABA anesthesia exam pass rate as of November 2015 was 93%.

There are three types of question formats: A-type, R-type, and G sets

A-type questions are single-best-answer multiple-choice questions that require the application of knowledge rather than simple recall of factual information. R-type questions are multiple-choice items organized into sets that use a single list of response options for a series of clinical scenarios all related to a single theme. G-sets include several lead-in questions that reference a single clinical vignette.

Students who’ve taken the ABA BASIC exam mentioned that it’s similar to the USMLE Step 1; factual recall is significant and there are complaints that the details in the exam are not clinically relevant and too focused on minutiae so don’t let this throw you off. Examinees recommend dedicating more time to studying anatomy and statistics, also, focusing on the organ-based systems/clinical assessment will be helpful. Students were surprised to find a lot of questions focused on physician impairment as well. Lastly, do not overlook the Mapleson and Bain circuits as there is great potential for these to be be on the exam.

Examinees state that dedicating 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, is an adequate amount of time to prepare for the exam; pairing our Anesthesiology BASIC Examination question bank with relevant texts will ensure success. Good luck!