Brain Injury Medicine

Deadlines, Fees and Content for Initial Certification in Brain Injury Medicine

Candidates in the subspecialty of brain injury medicine are those in the field of psychiatry, neurology or child neurology, who are seeking ABPN Board Certification. Brain injury medicine is a subspecialty that involves having expertise in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury.

History and Statement of Principles

In September 2011, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved the application cosponsored by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) to offer subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. This was done to officially establish the field of brain injury medicine as a definite area of subspecialization in psychiatry, neurology, child neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and to provide a means of identifying properly trained and experienced physicians in brain injury medicine.

The actual mechanics of certification of qualified candidates have been delegated by the Board to the Committee, which operates under the supervision of and in accordance with the policies of the Boards.

The examination will be administered to candidates who have maintained certification by the ABPMR or by the ABPN, in neurology, neurology with special qualification in child neurology, or psychiatry or maintained subspecialty certification in sports medicine through any of the following ABMS Boards: the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The examination will be administered at the same time in the same testing centers. Participation in the certification program is voluntary. Certification is not required of practitioners in this field, and the certificate does not convey privilege to practice.

In September 2016, the ABPN announced that the grandfathering period or temporary criteria for practice time required to qualify for ABPN certification in brain injury medicine has been extended from 2018 to 2022. See the Brain Injury Medicine Handout and the ABPN ABPMR Brain Injury Medicine Flyer for more information.

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