AD, GN, NCC, and NI Accreditation Program Requirements Revised
The UCNS uses program requirements to determine compliance for accreditation. Program requirements are comprised of two pieces: 1) common program requirements, which are required for use by all subspecialties and 2) subspecialty-specific program requirements that are determined by each subspecialty. Each piece must be approved by the UCNS Board of Directors. Earlier this year stakeholders of four subspecialties were invited to provide comments about proposed revisions of the UCNS Autonomic Disorders, Geriatric Neurology, Neurocritical Care, and Neuroimaging program requirements. The comment periods have ended and the program requirements for each of these subspecialties have been approved by the UCNS Board of Directors. The revised program requirements are available on each subspecialty's accreditation page on the UCNS website. These program requirements will be effective June 1, 2014. As of June 1, 2014, currently accredited programs must be able to attest that their programs are in substantial compliance with the new version of the program requirements, and newly applying programs must use the updated program information form and appendices.
Please contact Amanda Carpenter, Accreditation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-928-6065 with any questions.
Accreditation Application Deadline December 1
UCNS is now accepting accreditation applications until December 1, 2014. Programs approved following this deadline may be accredited as of June 1, 2015. The next deadline for program applications will be June 1, 2015.
UCNS Accreditation Annual Fee Increase
The UCNS annual accreditation fee will increase in 2014. This is the first increase by UCNS in accreditation fees, and is necessary to cover administrative costs associated with the rising number of UCNS programs. The annual fee will increase from $1,150 to $1,500. Accredited programs pay the annual fee by July 1 every year. This fee increase also affects the new program application fee, which includes the first year's annual fee. This fee will increase from $3,150 to $3,500 effective June 1, 2014. The continuing accreditation fee of $1,000 will not increase.
Questions may be directed to Amanda Carpenter, Accreditation Manager, at email@example.com or (612) 928-6399.
UCNS Board Approves New Faculty Diplomates Program
The UCNS Board of Directors has approved a new program designed to facilitate recruitment and retention of high quality faculty for UCNS-accredited programs. This "Faculty Diplomates" program applies to current or prospective UCNS fellowship faculty who have not been certified by UCNS prior to expiration of the practice track. Such faculty may be able to sit for a UCNS certification examination if they meet certain criteria. Faculty Diplomate status is linked directly to the diplomate's appointment on the faculty of a UCNS-accredited fellowship and automatically terminates if he or she is no longer on that faculty. The complete policy regarding Faculty Diplomates can be accessed by clicking here
or by clicking any "Certification" link in the Subspecialty Members table.
Accreditation Now Offered for Neural Repair and Rehabilitation
The application and program requirements for Neural Repair and Rehabilitation (NRR) are now available. Programs wishing to seek accreditation for NRR may submit an application for review by either December 1 or June 1.