Neurocritical Care

Deadlines, Fees and Content for Initial Certification in Neurocritical Care
  • Upcoming Deadline - Initial Certification - Neurocritical Care

    Choice of Dates 2021
    Application Deadline April 6, 2021
History and Statement of Principles

In August 2018, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) formally received approval from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to offer a certificate in the subspecialty of neurocritical care. See our press release for more information.

The medical specialty of neurocritical care is devoted to the comprehensive multisystem care of the critically ill patient with neurological diseases and conditions.

The subspecialty certificate will be administered by the ABPN but also offered to eligible diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Training Requirements

The general requirements are:

  • Be certified in neurology by ABPN or by one of the other co-sponsoring Boards: ABA, ABEM, or ABNS.
  • All candidates must fulfill their primary board’s Policy on Medical Licensure.

During a “grandfathering” or practice pathway period of six years, eligible neurologists, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, and neurosurgeons may qualify to sit for the neurocritical care examination if they are certified in neurocritical care by the UCNS or CAST, have completed a “fellowship” in neurocritical care (UCNS, CAST, or other non-accredited fellowship), or have documented one of the following:

  • An average of at least 17% of their post-training clinical practice time spent in the practice of neurocritical care (at least 7 hours per week) for the past 6 years, * or
  • An average of at least 25% of their post-training clinical practice time spent in the practice of neurocritical care (at least 10 hours per week) for the past 4 years, * or
  • An average of at least 33% of their post-training clinical practice time spent in the practice of neurocritical care (at least 13 hours per week) for the past 3 years, * or
  • An average of at least 50% of their post-training clinical practice time spent in the practice of neurocritical care (at least 20 hours per week) for the past 2 years, * or
  • An average of at least 25% of their total post-training professional time spent in the practice of neurocritical care (at least 10 hours per week) for the past 4 years. **

* This calculation is based on an average work week of 40 hours. Physicians whose total practice exceeds 40 hours per week may still use the 40 hours number as the denominator of their % calculation.

** This approach specifically applies to academic program directors, administrators, or researchers, and provides them a pathway to qualification.

After the six year “grandfathering” or practice pathway period, all candidates applying for examination in neurocritical care must meet the general requirements listed earlier in addition to the following training requirements:

Neurology, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine candidates applying for examination in neurocritical care must have either completed one year of general ACGME-accredited anesthesiology, medical or surgical critical care fellowship AND one year of an ACGME-accredited neurocritical care fellowship OR have completed two years of an ACGME-accredited neurocritical care fellowship.

Neurological surgery candidates applying for examination in neurocritical care must have either completed one year of an ACGME-accredited neurocritical care fellowship during elective time within residency training after PGY 3 (divided into no more than 3 four-month blocks) OR have completed one year of an ACGME-accredited neurocritical care fellowship after completion of a neurological surgery residency.

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