The American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

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RULES OF RECERTIFICATION

  • The certificate that is issued by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS) has a ten year expiration date.
  • Diplomates will have two full years to complete the recertification process, which can be initiated no later than the calendar year prior to the expiration of the certificate.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RECERTIFICATION

  1. Be currently certified by the ABPNS.
  2. Unencumbered certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  3. A surgical case log for 12 consecutive months prior to the application.  Case log should reflect current practice. The rules and instructions for the case log are the same as for initial certification and are described in Requirements for Certification:  For Fellowship-Trained Pediatric Neurosurgeons, with the exception that applicants for recertification may use “pediatric-type” cases to meet the 75% criterion provided that the number of “pediatric-type” cases among that 75% is less than the number of pediatric cases less than age 22 years.  (See following example*).  “Pediatric-type” cases are those cases in patients 22 years of age and older who must meet the following criteria:

    • An initial surgical procedure must have 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 considered.
    • The initial surgical procedure may have been performed by the applicant or 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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  5. Evidence of continuing medical by the acquisition of at least 90 hours of CME in the 36 months immediately prior to application for recertification.
  6. Evidence of an unencumbered state or provincial license to practice medicine.
  7. Evidence of unencumbered staff privileges in each hospital at which the applicant practices at the time of the application for recertification.
  8. Payment of all annual assessments due as well as the application fee required for recertification.
  9. A passing grade on the written examination given by the ABPNS.

No applicant will be permitted to take the written examination without having complied with all requirements for recertification as noted above.  If unsuccessful in passing the written examination, 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 recertification, again meeting all the requirements outlined above, including a new operative case log and current professional standing.

RECERTIFICATION PROCESS

Submission of Application

  1. Deadlines for submission of application documents are: October 1st for the written examination in June and April 1st for the written examination at the winter Pediatric Section meeting. Your application will be processed and presented to the Board at its meetings in November/December and June, respectively. You will be notified shortly thereafter as to your eligibility to sit for the written examination.
  2. Download and complete an ABPNS Request for Recertification.
    • 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 Recertification Case Log.
    • Please follow the Instructions for Completing ABPNS Case Log. Please indicate, for patients over the ages of 22 years, whether or not (Y/N) these cases meet the criteria of “pediatric-type” as defined above.
    • Using the “Save As” or “Rename” function, please add your last name first initial in front of the file name.

  4. Email 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 completed application form
    • A case log covering the 12 months prior to this application. Case log should reflect current practice.
    • A PDF copy of the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • A summary of CME credit hours

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

  5. Application fee – 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 winter meeting of the Pediatric Section in November/December.
  2. After the Board meetings, candidates will be notified of their eligibilities for the winter examination.
  3. The written examination is held twice a year, in June and at the winter meeting of the Pediatric Section in November/December.
  4. New certificates will be mailed  to applicants who have passed the written examination.
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