ABNS Exam Schedule

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NEW PGY2 Examination
Neuroanatomy Exam July, 2020
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Primary Examination
Primary Examination March 13, 2020
Offered once per year.
Oral Examination
Offered twice per year.
Oral Examination  

2019: Fall Exam, Nov. 2-3

2020: Spring, May 2-3

2020: Fall Exam, Oct. 31- Nov. 1

Recognized Focused Practice Examinations
Pediatric Neurosurgery (PNS)  

September 27, 2019


CNS Endovascular surgery (CNS-ES) December 13, 2019
Neurological Critical Care (NCC) September 27, 2019
The ABNS strives hard to create a level “playing field” for all candidates applying for ABNS certification, as such:

  • The ABNS discourages review of a candidate’s actual oral exam cases or slide presentations at any oral board preparation course. Course content and recommendations may not be consistent with the actual ABNS examination.
  • Candidates are encouraged to review their oral board cases and PowerPoint with colleagues, residency or practice mentors to prepare for the oral exam.
  • Guest examiners and directors will not participate in any oral board preparation course for the 12-month period following their participation as an ABNS examiner.