The Genesis of Pain Medicine as a Subspecialty in Anesthesiology
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AbstractCertification in pain medicine as a subspecialty in Anesthesiology was conceived in 1989 and first discussed by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1990. Shortly thereafter, the ABA submitted an application to the American Board of Medical Specialties for recognition to certify in pain management. That was approved in 1991. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education approved an application from the Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee to accredit programs in pain management education and training in 1992.The first examination for Pain Management certification was given in 1993. The certificate was modified in 2002 to Pain Medicine rather than Pain Management. Five member boards of ABMS are now approved for certification in pain medicine and all use the ABA Pain Medicine examination.

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