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Over the course of the next 4 review cycles CESAC will be collecting actual case data submitted by applicants in order to better understand evolving practice patterns in neuroendovascular surgery.
Specifically total case volumes will be analyzed for frequency of the various endovascular procedures performed.
Currently, the CESAC committee will continue to diligently review each application, holistically evaluating case complexity and volumes.
ABNS CNS ENDOVASCULAR RFP EXAM will be offered on Friday, Dec 1, 2023 in the afternoon.
Recognition of Focused Practice in CNS Endovascular Surgery
This RFP has been approved by the ABMS and has the goal of recognizing candidates who have successfully completed a(n) standardized neuroendovascular training program and met practice criteria, thereby elevating and advancing patient care for the public good. This RFP is co-sponsored by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and American Board of Radiology (ABR).
The CESAC committee reviews applications twice per year.
RFP in CNS-ES Credentialing: CESAC
Credentialing of RFP candidates will be performed by CESAC (Credentialing Endovascular Surgery Advisory Committee). CESAC is responsible for credentialing neurosurgeons, neurologists, and radiologists who have completed training in a CAST, ACGME, or UCNS Fellowship or through a clinical practice pathway. CESAC will have equal membership of endovascular subspecialists approved by the ABNS, ABPN, and ABR. The term of service is 3 years renewable one time for a total of 6 years. The size of the committee is flexible and will be determined by CESAC reflecting the workload and voluntary efforts of the membership.
CESAC is charged with: 1) writing the cognitive exam (ABNS will refer to this exam as the RFP Endovascular Examination), 2) writing an annual adaptive learning tool module to be given in conjunction with member board continuous certification requirements, 3) determining the details of the required practice data submission (both initial and annual) and the metrics by which that data is approved or denied, and 4) recommending approval of individuals for RFP in CNS-ES to their respective Boards.
Candidates who successfully 1) pass the RFP Examination and 2) have an approved application will be awarded the printed credential.
The application must be submitted by the candidate to ABNS and include the following:
The recommended study material for the CNS Endovascular RFP exam is below (not intended to be exhaustive):
Neurointerventional Techniques (Tricks of the Trade) by Cameron McDougall and others (Thieme publishing)
Decision Making in Neurovascular Disease by Elad Levy, Adnan Siddiqui and others (Thieme publishing)
Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography by Anne Osborn (LWW publishing)
Any/all recent stroke publications
Requirements for Neurosurgeons Completing Endovascular Fellowship
Requirements for Neurologists Completing Endovascular Fellowship
Requirements for Radiologists Completing Endovascular Fellowship
Practice Track Application Pathway
Clinical Practice Pathway:
Current neuroendovascular physicians are eligible to achieve RFP credentialing through a practice track pathway regardless of whether they trained in a CAST, ACGME, UCNS, or another type of fellowship by completion of the following steps:
Clinical Practice Pathway for Neurosurgeons:
Clinical Practice Pathway for Neurologists
Clinical Practice Pathway for Radiologists
CAST Conversion to ABNS RFP in CNS-ES Designation for Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, and Radiologists
Individuals who have an existing CAST endovascular credential can covert to an ABNS RFP in CNS-ES designation as follows:
*If the candidate is a neurosurgeon they must pass the ABNS oral exam which must include a session on endovascular medicine.
Continuing Certification Requirements for ABNS RFP in CNS Endovascular Surgery
Continuing recognition in this 10-year time limited RFP will be consistent and fulfill each member board's requirements, including:
Individuals who received a CAST certification in CNS Endovascular can convert that credential to a Recognition of Focused Practice in CNS Endovascular Surgery. To do so, an application must be completed and submitted to the ABNS for review and approval. Click here to access the application.
In order to register for the RFP examination, an application must be, at least, started.
To complete and submit an application please login at https://applications.abns.org/ If this is the first time visiting this site, follow the steps in the upper right corner to register.
Once registered follow the steps below to access the application:
Click “Programs” in the black bar
Select “ABNS Recognition of Focused Practice Application: CNS Endovascular Surgery”
Select green “Apply” button