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Academic Pathway For ABNS Certification

The Academic Pathway for ABNS Certification is a "demonstration" program that is intended to recognize neurosurgeons who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of neurosurgery. This pilot program provides a pathway for neurosurgeons with exceptional qualifications who were not trained in an ACGME accredited residency program (typically non-US training programs) to become ABNS certified. This program is intended to recognize the meaningful contribution of widely acknowledged experts from non-ACGME training backgrounds who are actively training neurosurgical residents and fellows. The program is NOT intended to serve as an alternative path to ABNS certification for those who started but did not complete an ACGME-accredited residency program, for those who applied for but were not accepted into an ACGME program, and for the majority of individuals trained outside of the US. Consequently, most candidates for ABNS Certification will still need to pursue training within an ACGME approved program.


This program is subject to further refinement, suspension, and cancellation at any time without prior notice.


Review Process

The review process to determine eligibility under the pilot program is arduous and includes critical review of all aspects of the candidates training, and service history. It is anticipated that very few candidates will qualify for approval along this pathway.