RFP EXAMS will be offered again in fall of 2020, exact date TBD

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 process to achieve a Recognition of Focused Practice (RFP) credential in CNS Endovascular involved the following steps:

Complete on-line application must be submitted by the candidate to ABNS and must include:

  • Proof of primary board certification; ABNS, ABPN, ABR
  • Up to date CV
  • Evidence of unencumbered license and credential to practice from CMO of current hospital practice(s)
  • Successful completion of the CNS-NES written examination (administered by the ABNS), ideally taken after completion of the fellowship.
  • Certificate of successful completion of a fellowship accredited by CAST, UCNS or ACGME
  • OR
  • Practice Data submission (See below)

The requirements will be identical for all specialties in which the volume of interventional cases performed on an annual basis will be sufficient to achieve desirable outcomes and maintain practitioner competency as defined by CESAC. 

A 2-year (to be adjudicated by CESAC) summary of all endovascular procedures to confirm that the individual is truly focusing their practice on CNS-NES

CESAC may select interventional cases (not diagnostic arteriograms) from this log for entry into ABNS POST for granular peer review (number of cases to be determined by CESAC)

*If the candidate is a neurosurgeon they must pass the ABNS oral exam which must include a session on endovascular medicine

Fellow Credentialing

Credentialing of fellows trained in CAST,  ACGME or ACNS fellowships will be done by a committee termed CESAC (CNS Endovascular SurgeryAdvisory Committee) under the auspices of the ABNS.

CESAC is charged with:

1) writing the cognitive exam (ABNS will refer to this exam as the RFP Endovascular exam)

2) writing an annual adaptive learning tool module to be given in conjunction with member board continuous certification exercises

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

4) recommending approval for initial RFP in CNS Neuroendovascular Surgery by their respective Boards

5) details and specification related to grandfathering into the RFP in CNS Endovascular Surgery

Continuing Certification Requirements for ABNS RFP in CNS Endovascular Surgery
Annual continuing certification in this RFP will require the following:

  • Maintenance of primary board certification
  • Documentation of satisfactory participation in CC
  • Completion of annual CNS Endovascular learning tool /RFP specific module offered by ABNS (on-line)
  • Letter from COS or equivalent supporting that individual’s practice is focused in neuroendovascular surgery
  • Proof of unencumbered state license(s)
  • Proof of unencumbered staff privileges in each hospital at which the applicant practices