What changes is the ABNS making specific to Continuous Certification (formally MOC)?
We have responded to our Diplomates requests to make Part III of CC educationally beneficial, more relevant and an efficient use of their valuable time. The ABNS has a goal of transforming the ABNS learner from a passive receptor of information to a collaborator in the learning process while being sensitive to the expectations of the public who expect that their neurosurgeons are up to date with continuous learning and maintenance of certification. Furthermore, in a recent survey the majority of ABNS Diplomates agreed that MOC/CC was appropriate and important to help maintain the highest standards for the practice of neurological surgery. Hence it is our hope that the Part III adaptive learning tool will be both educational and meet the needs of the public.
The emphasis is on learning evidence based “core neurological surgery concepts” to enable Diplomates to better serve their community.
Completing the ABNS Continuous Certification Adaptive Learning Tool annually satisfies the American College of Surgeons (ACS) CME requirement for covering an ACS Level I certified Trauma Center.
Maintenance of Certification renamed Continuous Certification
The ABNS is continually trying to improve the CC process to minimize the burden and maximize its value. The ABNS is approaching 3,500 as the total number of Diplomates participating in CC. In addition, there are more than 100 Diplomates who hold a time unlimited certificate who are participating in CC. These providers signed up voluntarily due to the value CC brings to thier practice. All ABNS Directors participate in CC.
The key features of the Annual Continuous Certification program are:
Part I and IV: Annual verification of state license, hospital credentials and
attestation of active participation in mortality/morbidity conference(s)
Part II: 20 CME of any type per year
Part III: Completion of Annual Adaptive learning tool focused on general and emergency principles in neurological surgery
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