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UCNS Recertification Examination Announced By Michael L. “Luke” James MD, FAHA, FNCS, Neurocritical Care Representative, United Council of Neurological Subspecialties Board of Directors Almost as big as Hamilton moving off Broadway, the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) will offer its first neurocritical care (NCC) recertification examination in 2017! UCNS certifications are time-limited, expiring on Dec. 31 of the 10th year after the year of issuance. In order to maintain your certification, you must meet the following: • Maintain a current, active, valid, unrestricted and unqualified license to practice medicine. • Remain a diplomate in good standing in their primary specialty of the American Board of Medical Subspecialties (ABMS) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) member board that was required for initial certification. • Complete 240 ACCME- or RSPC-approved Category-1 CME hours, 48 (20 percent of which must be subspecialty specific since initial certification. • Take and pass a recertification examination. Please note: The NCC examinations are only offered every other year; thus, there will be no re-certification exam in 2018. To avoid a lapse in certification, all NCC diplomates who were certified in 2008 must apply to sit for the 2017 NCC recertification examination.  Important Dates • Online applications open on April 1, 2017 available at UCNS registration • Application deadline: July 17, 2017 • Examination: Dec. 4–8, 2017 Examination Information • Recertification examination is scheduled for five hours • Examination will have 150 multiple-choice questions • Examinations are administered at Pearson VUE testing centers • Recertification Fee: $1,500 (includes nonrefundable $600 application fee) UCNS has an online CME Tracker to assist diplomates in the recertification process. Diplomates can quickly and conveniently enter earned CME to generate a report at any time that tracks their progress in meeting UCNS-recertification requirements. To get started using the CME Tracker, complete the online UCNS registration. You will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. Your email and password may be used to access the online application when available April 1. After all of the applications have been reviewed by the UCNS Certification Council, I will send out an email notification regarding approval of applications. All approved physicians will receive a link in their email to the Pearson VUE Registration instructions and once registration opens they will be able contact Pearson VUE to select their examination date and time. More information about NCC recertification and the application process is available on the UCNS website (www.ucns.org) or please feel free to contact me directly as your UCNS board representative (michael.james@duke.edu). Best of luck! 17


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