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Deadlines, Fees and Content for Initial Certification

*Application deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. CST.


Training Requirements: Clinical Skills Evaluations

Candidates in the specialty of neurology and neurology with special qualification in child neurology are those in the field of Neurology/Child Neurology, who are seeking ABPN Board Certification.

Neurology is a specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or impaired function of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles, autonomic nervous system, and blood vessels that relate to these structures.

Neurology with special qualification in child neurology is a specialty that involves the specialization in neurology with special skills in diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disorders of the neonatal period, infancy, early childhood, and adolescence.

Subspecialties in neurology/child neurology include; brain injury medicine, clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, hospice and palliative medicine, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, sleep medicine, and vascular neurology.

New Certification Information
  • Effective January 1, 2012, ABPN will require a physician to become Board certified within seven years following successful completion of ACGME-accredited or ABPN approved residency training in their primary specialty or ACGME accredited subspecialty.
  • Graduates can take the ABPN Certification Examination as many times as allowed during the 7-year period.
  • For example, individuals who completed an accredited residency program prior to January 1, 2012 had until January 1, 2019 to become board certified.
  • Individuals who do not become certified during the 7-year period will be required to (1) repeat the required clinical skills evaluations; and (2) complete one stage of MOC (90 CME credits, 24 self-assessment CME credits, and 1 PIP Activity that includes a clinical or feedback module) in order to be credentialed to take the ABPN Certification Examination.