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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.

Recertification Information for 2006 and 2007 BNNP and HM Diplomates

Because UCNS offers examinations once every two years, all BNNP and HM diplomates certified in 2006 or 2007 must apply to take the 2016 recertification examination. Diplomates are encouraged to begin entering CME activities into the CME Tracker now.

Accreditation Application Deadline June 1

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

Neuroimaging Practice Track Extended

The UCNS Board of Directors has approved an extension of the Neuroimaging practice track through the 2017 examination. After 2017, only those physicians who have completed a UCNS-accredited Neuroimaging fellowship or who are faculty of a UCNS-accredited Neuroimaging fellowship will be able to apply for certification.

New 2015 Neuroimaging Diplomates

The 2015 Neuroimaging (NI) certification examination was administered in January. As a result of this examination there are 40 new diplomates, bringing the total number of physicians certified in NI to 180. View the list of new NI diplomates

New Headache Medicine and Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Diplomates

The 2014 Headache Medicine (HM) and Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry (BNNP) certification examinations were completed in October and November. There are 104 new diplomates in HM and 67 new Diplomates in BNNP. To view the list of new diplomates click here for HM and click here for BNNP.