A Fresh Start!
Neurological surgeons who have time-limited 10-year certificates will continue to qualify for renewal of their certificate at the end of their respective 10-year cycles if they participate in the annual CC program. Given the substantial changes to the program, neurological surgeons who have not yet completed various staged requirements from 2018 or prior years will be discharged from those requirements and will be given a fresh start in 2019 with the new CC program. These neurological surgeons must pay any past-due fee balances owed to the ABNS before participating in the new annual CC program.
Neurosurgeons who have lifetime certificates are strongly encouraged (but not required) to participate in the new CC program. We believe the redesigned program, including the annual adaptive learning tool and modules, will prove to be valuable to the continuing education and practice of all ABNS certified neurological surgeons. Only those neurological surgeons who actively participate in CC will be listed on the ABNS website as “participating in continuous certification” and may present themselves as participants to the public (as well as to hospitals, payors and malpractice carriers).
Participation in this program satisfies the American College of Surgeons (“ACS”) criteria for a neurological surgeon to participate in Level 1 ACS accredited trauma centers.