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The American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery will issue certificates from time to time to applicants who have met its standards for certification.  Certification by the ABPNS is time-limited and for a duration of 10 years.  Thereafter, recertification will be required to maintain certification.  See separate tab for rules and requirements for recertification.


REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION:

For Fellowship Trained Pediatric Neurosurgeons:

  1. Provide evidence of completion of at least a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Neurological Surgery accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships, Inc.
  2. Provide evidence of certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  3. Submit a complete surgical case log for the 12 months preceding application, which demonstrates the following:

    1. A minimum of 85 operative cases, and
    2. That 75% of all operative cases were in patients under age 22 years, or that 125 operative cases were in patients under age 13 years.
    3. That the case log submitted represents all locations of the applicant’s practice at the time that certification is requested.
  4. Provide evidence of an unencumbered state or provincial license to practice medicine.
  5. Provide evidence that the candidate has unencumbered staff privileges in each hospital at which the candidate practices at the time of certification.
  6. Pay a certification fee deemed appropriate by the ABPNS.
  7. Attain a passing grade on a written examination given by the APBNS.
No applicant will be permitted to take the written examination without having complied with all requirements for certification as noted above. If unsuccessful in passing the written examination on the initial attempt, the applicant must re-take the examination at the next scheduled test date. If the applicant is unable to complete the reexamination process successfully, he or she must reapply for certification, again meeting all of the requirements outlined above, including a new operative case log and current professional standing.


CERTIFICATION PROCESS:

For Fellowship Trained Pediatric Neurosurgeons:

Submission of Application:

  1. Deadlines for submission of application documents are: October 1st for the written examination in June of the following year, and April 1st for the written examination at the winter meeting of Pediatric Section in the same year. Your application will be processed and presented to the Board at its meeting in November/December and June, respectively. You will be notified shortly thereafter as to your eligibility to sit for the exam.
  2. Download and Complete an ABPNS Application for Certification.
    • Using the "Save As" or "Rename" function, please add your last name first initial in front of the file name.
  3. Download and Complete an ABPNS First-time Case Log
    • Please follow the Instructions for Completing ABPNS First-Time Case Log, ignoring the “Pediatric-type case” column as it does not apply to first-time applicants who are Fellowship trained.
    • Using the "Save As" or "Rename" function, please add your last name first initial in front of the file name.
  4. E-mail the following supporting documents, in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) to the Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. John Ragheb.  His email is john.ragheb@mch.com.
    • The application form
    • A case log covering the 12 months prior to this application. Caselog should reflect current practice.
    • PDF Copy of American Board of Neurological Surgery Certification or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • PDF Copy Certificate of Residency Training
    • PDF Copy Certificate of Fellowship Training

    No paper/hard copies or original documents will be accepted by the Credentials Committee.

  5. Mail your check for $750 USD payable to the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery prior to the examination. The examination fee must be paid to schedule the examination date, after approval of the application by the ABPNS Board of Directors.
    John Ragheb, M.D.
    Miami Children's Hospital
    Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    Ste. 3109
    3100 SW 62 Ave.
    Miami, Florida 33155-3009

After Submission of Application:

  1. Applications will be reviewed initially by the Credentials Committee and subsequently by the Board of Directors at the Board meetings in June, and at the Pediatric Section winter meeting in November/December.
  2. After the Board meetings, applicants will be notified of his or her eligibility to sit for the written examinations 5 to 6 months hence.
  3. The written examination is held twice a year, in June and at the winter meeting of the Pediatric Section.
  4. Certificates will be mailed to all applicants who have passed the written examination.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION FOR NON-FELLOWSHIP TRAINED PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGEONS

(Alternate Pathway):


The Board of Directors may, at its own discretion, offer certification to neurological surgeons who have been in practice for at least 10 years following the completion of their residencies.  The following are the requirements for such applicants:
  1. Provide evidence of meeting requirements 2, 4, and 5 noted above in the section for Fellowship Trained Pediatric Neurosurgeons.
  2. Submit a surgical case log for each of the five years (60 months) immediately prior to application for certification.  The case log must demonstrate an emphasis in pediatric neurosurgery and allows inclusion of “pediatric-type” cases as defined below.  The emphasis in pediatric neurosurgery is met only if those candidates attempting to qualify on the premise that 75% of all operative cases in each of the past 5 years were in pediatric and “pediatric-type” cases, that the majority of these combined cases be in the pediatric age group.   (See following example*).
    Pediatric-type cases are defined as follows:

    • An initial surgical procedure must have been performed for one of the following conditions while the patient was under 22 years of age:  Chiari malformation, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, or spinal dysraphism.   No other conditions are to be included.
    • The initial surgical procedure may have been performed by the applicant or by another surgeon.
    • The repeat surgical procedure must have been performed by the applicant for the same condition.
    * Example of how “pediatric-type” cases may be used to satisfy the case log criterion for alternative pathway (non fellowship-trained) candidates for initial certification and for all candidates for recertification.  These are the only applicants who are eligible to use “pediatric-type” cases to satisfy the criterion.

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  3. Pay an application fee deemed appropriate by the ABPNS.
  4. Attain a passing grade on a written examination given by the ABPNS. No alternate pathway applicant will be permitted to take the written examination without having complied with all requirements for certification via the alternate pathway as noted above. If unsuccessful in passing the written examination, the alternate pathway applicant must follow the same procedures as is required of the Fellowship Trained applicant, including the restart of the Alternate Pathway process should the reexamination be failed.

Submission of Application:

  1. Deadlines for submission of application documents are the same as for Fellowship-Trained applicants.
  2. Download and Complete an ABPNS Application for Alternative Pathway Certification
    • Using the "Save As" or "Rename" function, please add your last name first initial in front of the file name.
  3. Download and Complete an ABPNS Alternate Pathway Case Log.
    • Please follow the Instructions for Completing ABPNS Alternate Pathway Case Log.  You should specify, for cases in patients 22 years and older, whether they meet the criteria for being “pediatric-type” cases (i.e. Y or N).
    • Using the “Save As” or “Rename” function, please add your last name first initial to the file name.
  4. E-mail the following supporting documents, in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF), to the Secretary-Treasurey, Dr. John Ragheb.  His email is john.ragheb@mch.com.
    • The application form
    • A case log covering the immediate 60 months prior to this application.
    • PDF Copy of American Board of Neurological Surgery Certification or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
    • PDF Copy Certificate of Residency Training.
  5. NO paper/hard copies or original documents will be accepted by the Credentials Committee

  6. Application fee - Mail your check for $750 USD payable to the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery before the examination. The examination fee must be paid to schedule the examination date, after approval of the application by the ABPNS Board of Directors.
  7. John Ragheb, M.D.
    Miami Children's Hospital
    Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    Ste. 3109
    3100 SW 62 Ave.
    Miami, Florida 33155-3009

After Submission of Application:

  1. Applications will be reviewed initially by the Credentials Committee and subsequently by the Board of Directors at the Board meetings in June and in November/December.
  2. After the Board meetings, each applicant will be notified of his or her eligibility to sit for the next written examination 5 to 6 months hence.
  3. The written examination is held twice a year, in June and at the winter meeting of the Pediatric Section in November/December.
  4. Certificates will be mailed to all applicants who have passed the written examination.
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