Re-Entry to Certification

Individuals who are no longer eligible to take the Oral Examination because the time limits for taking it have expired or because they have failed the Oral Examination three or more times are eligible to re-take the Primary Examination for credit toward certification.

Residents entering accredited Canadian neurosurgical residency programs prior to July 16, 1997 and satisfactorily completing a minimum of 12 months of fundamental clinical skills and 60 months of training, including 36 months of core clinical neurosurgery, are eligible for ABNS certification though the same process as graduates from U.S. programs. They must also, however, hold a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada in neurosurgery.