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Recertification Information for 2008 Neuroimaging and Neuro-oncology Diplomates

Because UCNS offers examinations once every two years, all Neuroimaging (NI) and Neuro-oncology (NO) diplomates certified in 2008 must apply to take the 2017 recertification examinations. NI applications opened on May 1, 2016, and the deadline to apply is August 15, 2016. NO applications will be available on October 1, 2016, and the deadline to apply is January 17, 2017. To assist with recertification, a CME tracker is available. Diplomates are encouraged to begin entering CME activities into the CME tracker now. Please visit the NI and NO certification pages for more information regarding recertification and the application process.

Recertification Timeline for 2008 NI and NO Diplomates
Subspecialty Year Certified Year Recertification Exam Offered Application Available Application Deadline
NI 2008 2017 Now August 15, 2016
NO 2008 2017 October 1, 2016 January 16, 2017

UCNS Recertification Requirements

UCNS certifications are time-limited, expiring on December 31st of the tenth year after the year of issuance. In 2016, UCNS will administer its first recertification examinations. In order to maintain their certifications, UCNS diplomates must meet the following four requirements:

  • maintain a current, active, valid, unrestricted, and unqualified license to practice medicine,
  • remain a diplomate in good standing in their primary specialty of the ABMS or RCPSC member board that was required for initial certification,
  • complete a specified number of ACCME- or RSPC-approved category 1 CME hours, 20% of which must be subspecialty specific, and
  • take and pass a recertification examination.

Diplomates should visit their subspecialty's recertification page for information specific to the subspecialty's requirements. The complete Policy on Recertification can be found here.

To meet the CME requirement, diplomates may use the same CMEs that they use for maintaining their other certification(s), so long as 20% of the hours are subspecialty-specific. Required CME has been prorated for diplomates certified prior to 2011. Please review the Phase-In Timetable, located under "Recertification" on each subspecialty's page, for specific CME requirements.

UCNS has an online CME Tracker to assist diplomates in the UCNS recertification process. Diplomates can quickly and conveniently enter earned CME and generate a report at any time to track their progress in meeting UCNS-recertification requirements. The CME Tracker also allows diplomates with more than one UCNS subspecialty certification to monitor their progress for each certification. To get started using the CME Tracker, users must first register and create a personal log-in which is located on each subspecialty certification page. Once the log-in has been approved, diplomates can begin entering their CME activities.

The recertification examination will be shorter than the initial examination and the fee will be lower. Questions will be designed for the mid-career practitioner, rather than for a recent graduate. Diplomates should view the Examination Schedule for specific examination dates.

For more information about recertification, please contact Todd Bulson at tbulson@ucns.org or (612) 928-6067.

Accreditation Application Deadline December 1

UCNS is now accepting accreditation applications until December 1, 2016. Programs approved following this deadline may be accredited as of June 1, 2017. The next deadline for program applications will be June 1, 2017.

Important 2017 Neuroimaging Certification Examination Information

The 2017 Neuroimaging certification examination is the last chance for physicians to apply under the Practice Track pathway. After 2017, only physicians who have completed a UCNS-accredited Neuroimaging Fellowship or meet the requirements under the Faculty Diplomate Program will be eligible to apply. Certification examination applications are currently available on the Neuroimaging certification page. The application deadline is August15, 2016. The examination will be administered the week of January 30 to February 3, 2017.