To participate in the CC program, neurosurgeons must hold an ABNS certificate, a valid unrestricted license to practice medicine in the states where they practice and unrestricted hospital privileges. All diplomates certified in 1999 or later have recently been awarded 10-year time-limited certificates. They must enroll in CC the year after achieving initial certification to maintain certification. Non time-limited certificate holders may voluntarily begin their participation in the program at any time and are highly encouraged to do so.
CC consists of yearly requirements during the 10-year certification timeframe. These requirements are independently fulfilled. New time-limited certificates are awarded to diplomates at the end of the 10th year after they successfully complete all CC requirements, including paying annual dues. The next annual requirement begins January 1 of the following year and a new online application must be completed.
- Time-limited certificates:
To maintain 10-year time-limited certificates, diplomates must participate in CC. The 10-year CC cycle begins the January following certification. Individuals who have not completed all aspects of CC at the end of their 10-year cycle may reinstate their diplomate status by earning a valid, new time-limited certificate (go through all of the requirements of the CC reinstatement of certificate process).
- Non time-limited certificates:
These were issued to ABNS diplomates certified prior to 1999. They’re valid for the life of the individual and won’t expire regardless of participation in CC. Diplomates in this group are urged to participate in CC. The January of the year they enroll marks the beginning of their 10-year cycle. Once enrolled, they complete the same requirements as participants with time-limited certificates. Those who voluntarily participate in CC will not lose their certificate if they drop out of the CC process or fail the CC cognitive examination. To voluntarily sign up for CC, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org