Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen
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Oral Examination Modifications:

Commencing in 2017, the ABNS certifying oral examination will be modified as follows:

1. Session one will test the candidate's fund of knowledge and competency on general neurosurgery.

2. Session two will test the candidate's competency on elements of his/her focused surgical practice. Each candidate will indicate their choice prior to the examination from a list of focused practice selections.

3. Session three will be a case based examination consisting of 5-8 cases selected from the 150 cases submitted during the credentialing process.  Each candidate will prepare a PowerPoint using an ABNS slide template for each case that contains the clinical history, physical examination, key imaging, diagnosis and management, surgical coding, early result and follow-up.

The candidate must pass all three sessions to become ABNS certified.