The ABNS will review an individual resident’s case log numbers and use it with everything else we look at – to decide whether the candidate is cleared to take the oral exam. The ABNS credentials committee looks at the residency program completion, primary exam passing, 6 to 8 letters of reference, malpractice history, their website, their POST case log and a few other things. The resident’s individual case log will just be another piece of data reviewed.
If a candidate missed on a few of the case minimum categories, the ABNS would probably not make an issue of it and would let the person sit for the oral exam. However, if the candidate’s cases were hopelessly inadequate in multiple areas, the ABNS would likely focus heavily on the 125 cases entered into POST. If the candidate’s POST case log was excellent, we would let them proceed to the oral exam. If there were issues with POST, we may require the candidate to come in for a hearing or enter additional cases into POST.
We do not intend for the ABNS individual case minimums to be a “hard stop” in the board certification. It is just another piece of information we will look at.
Rotations away from your parent program must receive prior written consent from the ABNS. If credit is expected for any type of outside rotation, including research, your Program Director must write prospectively to the Board requesting approval for the rotation, whether it is clinical or non-clinical. The letter must give brief details of the educational experience, where it will take place, under whom, and the time frame. Once the rotation is complete, please submit to the Board a written evaluation of the training and how it contributed to your career goals.
Send written request to ABNS@ABNS.org
A request needs to be sent to the ACGME/RC, specifically Corey Parker if the program is also seeking credit approval.
Send written request to ACGME/RC
Up to 30 months of elective credit may be requested by a Program Director for prior educational experiences, such as a PhD degree in a relevant subject, clinical rotations (other than fellowships) obtained at an ACGME accredited programs, and neurosurgical training completed outside of the U.S., particularly if the resident is certified in that country.
Written requests submitted by the Program Director to the ABNS. The request must include a complete description of the experience and justification for the request.
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Fall 2018: 85%
Spring 2019: 81%
Fall 2019: 82.5%
Fall 2020: 85%
Spring 2021: 86%
Fall 2021: 86%
Spring 2022: 90%
Fall 2022: 90%
The ABNS strives hard to create a level “playing field” for all candidates applying for ABNS certification.
1) The ABNS discourages review of a candidate’s actual oral exam cases/slide presentations at any oral board preparation course. The course content and recommendations may not be consistent with the actual ABNS examination
2) Candidates are encouraged to review their oral board cases/PowerPoint with colleagues, residency or practice mentors as a way to prepare for the oral exam
3) To promote a fair process for all candidates, whether they participate in preparation courses or not, guest examiners and Directors will not participate in any oral board preparation course for the 12 month period following their participation as an ABNS examiner
The ABNS will continue to offer the Oral Examination twice yearly for the conceivable future. The format of the exam consists of 3 sections; each are 45 minutes in length.
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
Your certificate will be available upon completing all the questions within the CC Adaptive Learning Tool. Once complete, click on “My Learning Tools and Exams” in the main navigation and click the “Access Certificates” button.
The CC Annual Adaptive Learning Tool is refreshed every year on January 1. You will have access to the current CC Annual Adaptive Learning tool through December 31. In January a new CC Annual Adaptive Learning Tool will need to be purchased, which will give you access through December 31 of that year.
Yes. If desired, you can purchase more than one CC Adaptive Learning Tool and/or modules for your staff, group, or organization. If you do purchase more than one CC Adaptive Learning Tool and/or modules, your receipt will contain an equivalent number of unique key codes that you can issue to intended parties, who would then simply go to the site, register, and activate the key to access the CC Adaptive Learning Tool and/or module. Note that if you as the purchaser do NOT wish to use the CC Adaptive Learning Tool yourself, please be certain to disallow auto-enroll during the purchase process.
Since its founding in 1940, the ABNS has certified over 7,892 Diplomates.
The ABNS continues to work on the details of Recognition of Focused Practice (RFP) in three separate areas:
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Board of Medical Specialties
The Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) aka “The Senior Society”
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
16% of neurosurgery residents are women.
All sales are final once the CC/MOC Learning Tool has been accessed. Refunded monies for Learning Tools not yet accessed will be returned minus the payment portal processing fee.
The site and classes are compatible with all web browsers that have been updated within the past three years. The site and courses are also available on mobile devices.
Some hospital security settings and firewalls may block website content; you may wish to log in from a home network or have your hospital IT department whitelist this website.
Click the “Login” link in the top navigation, then click “Lost your Password?”. Enter your email address or username on the following page and you will be sent an email with a link that will allow you to reset your password. If you have technical difficulties, then contact the Service Center.
If you are having problems resetting your password, or not receiving the password reset emails:
Go to the front page: https://abns.smapply.org/ and click on the “i” in the top right of the screen, and select “I am having technical issues with the site”. On the next screen select “Something isn’t working as expected”. Then choose “Accounts” and then “I’m having trouble signing in”. Finally complete the form mentioning that you are not receiving the password reset emails. SMapply support will then contact you directly to assist.
I have logged in but I don’t see the application/nomination I am looking for, all I see is recommendation letters or reviews.
When you log into https://abns.smapply.org/ there are up to 4 roles you may have access to, make sure you are selecting the correct role for what you are trying to do: