United Council for Nuerologic Subspecialties


Headache Medicine Certification/Recertification Application Period Now Open

The online application period for the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) Headache Medicine Certification/Recertification Examinations is now open. Early deadline for applications is April 2, 2018. Applications received between April 3-14 are subject to a $500 late fee. The 2018 examinations will take place during the week of October 8-12 at Pearson VUE testing centers.

The "grandfathering" practice track pathway has been extended to include the 2018 and 2020 Headache Medicine initial certification examinations. Additional information is available in the Eligibility Criteria and Information for Applicants.

Training Programs Achieve UCNS Accreditation

UCNS is pleased to announce the names of eight newly accredited fellowship training programs. Training programs that earn UCNS-accreditation status meet or exceed the educational standards established by subspecialty experts. There are now 195 UCNS-accredited training programs in the nine UCNS-recognized neurologic subspecialties.


UCNS Accreditation - June 1 Application Deadline

Applications are now being accepted until June 1, 2018, from programs seeking accreditation in any of the nine UCNS-recognized neurologic subspecialty areas. Accreditation is a voluntary process of evaluation and peer-review based on UCNS accreditation standards. Programs that attain accreditation status offer the core curriculum established by the subspecialty and meet the required quality standards established by UCNS. Residents seeking fellowships in UCNS subspecialty areas know that the UCNS training programs offer the training defined by experts in that specialty, with oversight of the UCNS Accreditation Council. Fellows graduating from UCNS-accredited training programs meet the training eligibility requirements for certification in their respective UCNS-recognized subspecialty, creating a strong career path for fellow graduates.

Accreditation applications are accepted throughout the year with spring and fall review deadlines. New applications received by the June 1 deadline will be reviewed for approval in the fall of 2018. The next deadline for program applications will be December 1, 2018, for a spring 2019 application review. To begin the accreditation application process, programs must first request access to the online application. Additional information and training program requirements are available in the accreditation links below for each subspecialty or by contacting Amanda Carpenter, Senior Manager, Accreditation at acarpenter@ucns.org or at (612) 928- 6065.


UCNS Welcomes New Board Members

The UCNS is pleased to announce the re-election of two officers and welcome five new members to the Board of Directors. Get the details in the press release announcement.


UCNS Announces New Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology Diplomates

The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) is pleased to announce the names of the physicians who passed the 2017 UCNS Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology Certification Examination. Sixteen physicians passed the Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology Certification Examination, demonstrating their expert knowledge in this subspecialty area. These physicians now hold the distinction of being UCNS Diplomates. There are currently 59 physician Diplomates certified in Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology. A complete list of UCNS diplomates is available in the Diplomate directory.