United Council for Nuerologic Subspecialties


Certification Application Period Now Open for Neuro-oncology

The online application period for the 2019 UCNS Neuro-oncology Certification Examination is now open. Save $500 and apply by the early application deadline of January 3, 2019. Certification eligibility requirements and information and the examination content outline are available online. Examination date options are scheduled for the week of August 12-16, 2019.

UCNS Embarks on Development of New Continuous Certification Model

With the changing landscape of maintenance of certification (MOC), alternative models for recertification are emerging. The UCNS Board of Directors focused their recent strategic planning session on evaluating the UCNS recertification process. After careful evaluation of alternative models of MOC and feedback obtained through a survey of UCNS diplomates, the UCNS will embark on the development of a new continuous certification model that aligns with life-long learning and online knowledge assessment. Preliminary information is available in the official press release.

UCNS Accreditation Applications Due June 1

Applications are now being accepted until June 1, 2019, from programs seeking accreditation in any of the nine UCNS-recognized neurologic subspecialty areas. New applications received by the June 1 deadline will be reviewed for approval in the fall of 2019. The next deadline for program applications will be December 1, 2019, for a spring 2020 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 hyperlinks above for each subspecialty or by contacting Amanda Carpenter, Senior Manager, Accreditation at acarpenter@ucns.org or (612) 928- 6065.


UCNS Continues Support of Neurocritical Care Subspecialty

The American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN) announced in a recent press release that it received approval of its application to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to offer a certificate in the subspecialty of Neurocritical Care (NCC). The UCNS has administered NCC certification for physicians and accreditation for NCC training programs since 2007 and is committed to the continued support of this multidisciplinary subspecialty, the UCNS-certified NCC diplomates and accredited programs.

The 2018 UCNS NCC Recertification Examination and 2019 UCNS NCC Initial Certification Examination will take place as scheduled as will the continued accreditation of NCC training programs.

Read the UCNS press release and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information.


UCNS Simplifies Accreditation Fee Structure

Beginning September 2018, the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) is implementing a simplified accreditation fee structure. The Board of Directors voted to revise the annual accreditation fee to absorb the costs associated with reaccreditation.

All programs undergo a reaccreditation review every one to five years. Previously, programs were required to submit a $1,000 reaccreditation application fee with each reaccreditation application. This fee was due in addition to an annual fee, which resulted in confusion among many programs during years when both fees were required. In addition, due to the varying duration of accreditation periods awarded, budgeting for reaccreditation fees caused difficulty to some programs.

An annual administrative fee must be submitted by all programs to maintain accreditation. Fees had not been reviewed or updated since 2013. The revised annual fee of $2,000 will be invoiced each May with a July 1 due date.

Please contact Amanda Carpenter, Senior Manager, Accreditation, at acarpenter@ucns.org or (612) 928-6065 with questions.


UCNS Certification Recognition Resources Now Available

Promote your UCNS certification using new certification recognition resources. UCNS diplomates will find useful tools to educate the medical community, referral sources, institutions, and patients on the value of their UCNS neurologic subspecialty certification: