Certification and Credentials Offered by ABNS
The ABNS offers board certification in Neurosurgery.
The ABNS offers a credential in the following areas:
The focused practice designation recognizes the value that neurosurgeons who focus some or all of their practice within a specific area can provide to improving health care. It reflects an evolution of practice that occurs following initial certification and is relevant to continuing certification.
For example, a Diplomate of the ABNS may focus 17% or more of their practice managing patients in the ICU with neurocritical care needs. This individual could apply for the Neurocritical Care RFP.
Certification Process Overview
Upon receipt of an application, the board takes appropriate steps to verify the statements of fact within it.
After considering all available information pertaining to the entire certification process, including practice data, ABNS directors decide on the candidate's eligibility for oral examination and potential certification.
The application for board certification must be submitted within three years of completing training. The application review process generally takes about 6 months between submission of an application (including practice data(ABNS POST)) and sitting for oral examination. Candidates should be scheduled for oral examination, the final step in the certification process, within four years of completing training. Compliance with this regulation requires early submission of all information. If the defined time limit lapse (without approved exceptions), the individual is no longer considered to be within the certification process and must repass the primary examination to return to tracking toward certification. Three years (not another five) will then be allowed to complete the process.
The entire certification process must be completed within seven years of completing residency.
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