2023 Adaptive Learning Tool Module: Pediatric Neurological Surgery Core Principles with CME

This module of the ABNS learning tool consists of updated “core pediatric neurological surgery concepts” that are evidence based and supported by literature that has been introduced since initial certification. The intent is to update the learner on pediatric neurological surgery core principles. The goal is to educate and ensure that every ABNS/ABPNS diplomate has mastered the most recent, high-level, evidence-based literature on pediatric neurological surgery core principles so that they are a safer and more effective partner in their hospitals. The learning tool and corresponding modules was written and tested by ABNS & ABPNS directors. The format is familiar, easy to use and effective. The web-based learning tool can be accessed 24/7 in the comfort of a learners’ home or office. It can be started, stopped or repeated as desired.

Learning tool details

Learners who are both ABNS and ABPNS should complete the general and emergency tool plus the PEDS module annually to satisfy the requirements.

This module includes ONLY the pediatric neurological surgery core principles AND only satisfies the PEDS requirement for ABNS/ABPNS continuous certification (CC) and the requirement to recognized focus practice (RFP) in pediatric neurosurgery.

If you hold an ABNS certification, the general tool must be completed in order to satisfy the Part III requirement for CC.

There are 5 principles reviewed in this learning tool module. By completing this learning tool, you can claim up to 8.0 credits. The number of credits claimed should equal the time it takes you to complete the tool.

Note: Note: Upon successful completion of this adaptive learning tool and the credit claim process, credit claimed will be automatically reflected within your MyABNS dashboard.

Accreditation Statement

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for pediatric neurological surgeons (or other providers) who need to annually review new evidence-based concepts critical to providing emergency, urgent, or critical care to patients under the age of 21.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize core pediatric neurological principles
  • Review recent, high-level, evidence-based literature on pediatric neurological surgery principles
  • Identify recent changes to evidence-based, core pediatric neurological surgery knowledge

The diplomate will note that a number of questions from last year’s Adaptive Learning Tool have been repeated on this year’s module. This is to allow the ABNS to study long-term recall and test-re-test capabilities of the examinees from one year to the next.

New This Year: In completing the 2023 adaptive learning tool modules you will find two new additions. First, if you give an incorrect answer to a given question, you will be “locked-out” for a period of time in order for you to return to the provided reference study to look up the correct answer. Secondly, if you list an incorrect answer, the order of the answer choices will be shuffled from one attempt to the next.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and The American Board of Neurological Surgery is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s)

2023 Adaptive Learning Tool Module: Pediatric Neurological Surgery Core Principles with CME


Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Summary

As a provider accredited by Joint Accreditation Interprofessional Continuing Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course Director(s), Planning Committee Members, Faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty also will disclose any off label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. Disclosure of these relevant financial relationships will be published in activity materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation.

Financial relationship(s):

No Financial relationship(s):

  • Bermans Iskandar, M.D.
  • Cargill Alleyne, M.D.
  • Mark D. Krieger, M.D.
  • Fredric Meyer, M.D.
  • Frederick Boop, M.D.
  • Dan Resnick, MD
  • Kevin Cockroft, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.H.A.
  • Nathan Selden, M.D.

ABNS Staff:

Betsy Koehnen

Reference to off-label usage(s) of pharmaceuticals or instruments in their presentation:

There may be such references in course reference materials, learners should maintain awareness.

Release and Expiration Dates

Release Date: 1/1/2022

Expiration Date: 12/31/2024