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Continuous Certification

Continuous Certification

Continuous Certification documents a surgeon's ongoing commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and practice improvement following initial board certification. The ABNS Continuous Certification Program has been designed to provide flexible, high-quality, practice-related learning and assessment to support surgeons in their practice.

As such, the ABNS no longer requires Diplomates to take a high stakes exam to becoming recertified.

The ABNS CC program includes four requirements.

Professionalism and Professional Standing

  • Hospital privileges– diplomates must demonstrate that they have maintained unrestricted privileges at their primary hospital. The chief of staff will attest to this fact.
  • Participation in M&M at primary hospital (Part IV)– Attend a regular morbidity and mortality conference to analyze how you can improve patient safety with your department or service. (See below for more details on Part IV)
  • Participation in patient safety exercise (Part II)– The American Board of Neurological Surgeons CC process requires participation in a patient safety module. The chief of staff or their designee will certify that the diplomate is meaningfully involved in these exercises at the diplomate’s primary institution.

Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

  • Earn at least 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Assessment Of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills

Annual Adaptive Learning tool

As part of this program, an online assessment has been introduced to replace the traditional recertification exam.

The ABNS Part III adaptive learning tool and modules teach new evidence-based information pertinent to the practice of neurological surgery and provides diplomates with the scientific articles they are based on, in a user-friendly format. The learning tool and modules consist of multiple-choice questions and can be accessed on-line 24/7.

Every ABNS diplomate must complete the learning tool annually to meet the requirement. The additional modules in Pediatrics, Neurocritical care and CNS Endovascular are required for individuals who are maintaining a recognized focus practice credential..


  • Use your own computer to access
  • Takee it at a time and place of your choosing

Improvement In Medical Practice

Meaningful participation in M &M means Diplomates should be formally reviewing their own cases at least quarterly.


Stay in Touch

  • Please keep your contact information up to date to ensure that you receive important ABNS emails about your status.

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