Important Notice Regarding This Pathway
The program was launched once and immediately suspended due to the ABNS immediately recognizing institutions endeavoring to manipulate the process not aligned with the spirit or intent of the program. Following this, ABNS included a larger group of stakeholders for discussion.
Having taken the stakeholder input into account, refined the criteria so it more clearly matches the intent and ensuring that a very high bar has been set for an alternative pathway for truly exceptional individuals.
We strongly caution institutions not to seek to manipulate the system, such as by offering low-paid academic positions to individuals from non-ACGME residencies in the hope that those individuals will qualify for the alternative pathway. The pathway is intended to (and will be limited to) those who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of neurosurgery. ABNS forecasts that in a typical year that no more than 5-10 individuals are likely to be approved through the review process. We urge everyone who is interested, review the information on the attached FAQs.
This is a “demonstration” program. Which means it is subject to further refinement, suspension, and cancelation at any time without prior notice.
As stated, ABNS Bylaws and Rules (4.10) allow for, and have for years, “exceptions”; defined as “the applicant’s training, practice and professional stature leave no doubt as to their exceptional qualifications, the Board may grant permission for the applicant to be examined for certification.”