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Recertification Information for 2008 Neuro-oncology Diplomates

Because UCNS offers examinations once every two years, all Neuro-oncology (NO) diplomates certified in 2008 must apply to take the 2017 recertification examinations. 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 NO certification page for more information specific to the NO recertification and application processes.

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.

Neurocritical Care Taxonomy Code Obtained

Since 2014, UCNS and AAN have been working to secure recognition of a UCNS subspecialty by the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC). At the request of the Neurocritical Care sponsoring organizations, the AAN Section on Critical Care and Emergency Medicine; the Neurocritical Care Society; and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, AAN and UCNS sought to obtain recognition of Neurocritical Care as a subspecialty of neurology, as well as to create a unique taxonomy code for Neurocritical Care in the NUCC Health Care Provider Taxonomy code set. While the application was initially denied by the NUCC, an effort to appeal the denial was successful. The application for a Neurocritical Care taxonomy code was approved by the NUCC in May, adding the code and definition as follows: Neurocritical Care: The medical subspecialty of Neurocritical Care is devoted to the comprehensive, multisystem care of the critically-ill neurological patient. Like other intensivists, the neurointensivist generally assumes the primary role for coordinating the care of his or her patients in the ICU, both the neurological and medical management of the patient. They may also provide consultative services for these patients as requested within the health system. The code will be included in the July 1, 2016 release. Changes to the code set will go into effect on October 1, 2016.

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.