United Council for Nuerologic Subspecialties


Neurological Subspecialty Area Membership Requirements

General Membership Criteria

  1. Accredited training programs, from which candidates are accepted for certification, must be a minimum of six (6) months of clearly identifiable training.(1)
  2. Training accepted for certification shall not overlap with training for a core specialty. Concurrent training is training that satisfies the requirements for more than one accredited program. Such training would be prohibited except in circumstances where subspecialty training is either accredited by the UCNS or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the subspecialties agree to share training, and the time allotted to each subspecialty is clearly defined. The training must be reviewed and pre-approved by each subspecialty and by the UCNS.
  3. If a practice track (2) is offered, this practice track shall terminate not more than five (5) years from the date of initial certification.
  4. Candidates for UCNS subspecialty certification must hold a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories and possessions, or Canada.
  5. Candidates for UCNS subspecialty certification must be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), another appropriate American Board of Medical Specialties member board or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Candidates who have qualified for examination by these organizations, but have not been certified, may sit for a subspecialty certification examination approved by the UCNS but may not receive notice of the results of that examination until the above criterion has been satisfied.
  6. Certificates may not be issued for terms exceeding ten (10) years.
    1. Consideration will be given to program requirements submitted by a UCNS accredited training program that utilize alternative educational methods or non-traditional training pattern to achieve required knowledge, skills, and competencies.
    2. A practice track is a process that allows physicians who initiated the subspecialty prior to the availability of accredited training programs to qualify for the examination by meeting a defined series of criteria.

Neurological Subspecialty Area (NSA) Membership Criteria

  1. Agreement to abide by the accreditation and certification standards adopted by the UCNS Board.
  2. Demonstration that the subspecialty represents a unique body of scientific knowledge in neurology.
  3. Agreement on the training requirements and certification process by the major organizations in the specialty and subspecialties.
  4. Demonstration that there is an organizational structure in the subspecialty that is able to develop and sustain the accreditation and certification of residents (fellows) trained in the subspecialty. The elements to be considered include but are not limited to:
    • One or more national organizational sponsors that broadly represent the interests of the subspecialty and are capable of providing the experts, necessary to support the required accreditation and certification activities through the UCNS or the accreditation activities of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
    • Recognition of the subspecialty by a national medical organization.
    • One (1) or more national peer-reviewed medical journals that regularly publish the basic or clinical research being conducted by the members of the subspecialty.
  5. Demonstration that there exists a comprehensive definition of the subspecialty (core curriculum) in a form that would support the development of examination specifications and competencies.
  6. Demonstration that there exists a comprehensive set of training requirements to support the approval of accredited training programs approved by the UCNS Board or in the alternative to demonstrate the capacity to produce requirements acceptable to the UCNS Board within two (2) years and prior to the initiation of the certification process.
  7. Demonstration that there currently exists at least five (5) training programs in the subspecialty.

Approved by the UCNS Board of Directors: July 2003