2021 Neurocritical Care C-Cert Reading List, Learning Objectives, and CME

Reading List

Please click below to access the 2021 Neurocritical Care reading list.

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C-cert Activity Description

The Continuous Certification (C-cert) activities provide subspecialty learning and knowledge assessment to ensure that diplomates are staying up to date on the latest science, treatments, and therapeutics relating to their subspecialty. The annual activities include: 1) reading the subspecialty  journal articles, and 2) taking and passing the 25-question online post-reading quiz to assess knowledge gained from the journal article content. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this UCNS C-cert activity, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the role of decompressive craniectomy in severe traumatic brain injury
  • Apply guidelines to standardize the assessment for death by neurologic criteria
  • Explain why premature initiation of renal replacement therapy in the setting of acute kidney injury should be avoided

Core Competencies

This UCNS C-cert activity covers the following core competency:
  • Medical Knowledge

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Instructions

To claim CME credits, answer question 26 on the quiz to reflect the total time spent completing the required reading and online quiz. This question is not included in the scoring of the quiz. A passing score of 80% of higher is needed to meet C-cert requirements and receive CME credit. CME credit confirmation will be emailed within three weeks of passing the quiz.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Neurology Institute (AANI) and United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. The AANI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Academy of Neurology Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1TM credit(s). Physicians should claim only their credit commensurate with the extent of the participation in the activity.

ABPN Self-Assessment Designation Statement

The American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN) has reviewed the UCNS Continuous Certification (C-cert) self-assessment activity and has approved the program as a part of a comprehensive self-assessment (SA) program, which is mandates by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a necessary component of maintenance of certification. The number of ABPN SA credits granted will equal the number of CME hours claimed for the activity. 


The UCNS complies with all standards and policies of the ACCME, including identification and resolution of all conflicts of interest prior to the educational activity being delivered to learners. Accordingly, UCNS  planners, authors, and staff comply with the UCNS’s Conflicts of Interest Policy

2021 C-cert Activity Planner Disclosures
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Neurocritical Care Certification Examination Committee Contributors

Christos Lazaridis, MD, Chair, University of Chicago
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.

Marin Darsie, MD, University of Wisconsin Madison
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.

Bradley Dengler, MD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.

Sayona John, MD, Rush University Medical Center
Disclosures: Receives compensation to serve as a member of critical care advisory committee for Gift of Hope, organ procurement organization. 

Lauren Koffman, DO, Rush University Medical Center
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.

Richard R. Riker, MD, FCCM, Maine Medical Center
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.

Ivan Rocha Ferreira da Silva, MD, PhD, Rush University Medical Center
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.

Michael J. Schneck, MD, FCCM, Loyola University Medical Center
Disclosures: Received compensation for being on a DSMB for HKT medical that is doing a clinical trial for cardiac devices; is a local PI for industry sponsored and NIH but received no funds personally or direct research support.

Robert D. Stevens, MD, FCCM, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Disclosures: Receives research grant funding to the university. The grant agreement requires that the name of the funding entity and the purpose of the grant may not be disclosed.

Chethan P. Venkatasubba Rao, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosures: Receives compensation and/or research work funded by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Agency) (Federal Government) and Texas Lone Star Stroke Alliance (State Government, Non Profit).

Staff Contact

Bryan Hagerla, Continuous Certification Manager
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.
[email protected]
(612) 928-6326