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UCNS Update 
March 2021
UCNS Certification Approved for Advertising Purposes in Texas
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) approved the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties’ application for specialty board certification advertising recognition at its March 4, 2021 meeting. Following a presentation by UCNS to the TMB, the Board determined that UCNS certification requirements are substantially equivalent to the requirements of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, resulting in approval of UCNS as a certifying board recognized for purposes of advertising.

The approval allows physicians practicing in Texas who are UCNS-certified in Autonomic Disorders, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology, Geriatric Neurology, Headache Medicine, Interventional Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging, or Neuro-oncology to promote their UCNS certification in their advertising. Approval was granted for a five-year period at which time another application will be submitted to extend the recognition.
Comment Period Closes March 26th
UCNS Fellowship Program and Certification Eligibility Requirements
The UCNS accreditation program requirements and certification eligibility documents are developed in coordination with subspecialties to administer the accreditation and certification processes. Substantive changes to existing documents or implementation of new documents require a comment period.

UCNS is proposing changes to its accreditation Common Program Requirements and certification General Eligibility Requirements. These documents are used as the foundation for developing subspecialty-specific accreditation program requirements and certification eligibility requirements.

In addition, UCNS is in the process of completing its regular five-year review of all subspecialty-specific program requirements. Several subspecialty program requirements are also ready for comment.

UCNS stakeholders are invited to review these changes and submit comments during a 30-day comment period. Documents, descriptions of changes, and instructions for submitting comments are available on the UCNS website. Contact acarpenter@ucns.org with questions.
Certification Examination Application Deadlines Approaching
April 1 - Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology; May 1 - Neurocritical Care
Don't miss an opportunity to become certified. 2021 is the first year of certification eligibility for physicians who trained at AOA-accredited training programs. Apply by the early application deadline and save $500 on the application fee. See the deadlines in the "Important Dates & Deadlines" below. Upcoming examination details:


The online applications, eligibility criteria, exam content outlines, and more are available at www.ucns.org.
2021 C-cert Subspecialty Journal Articles Now Available
The 2021 subspecialty C-cert reading lists are now available on the UCNS website. Diplomates may begin reading the articles, and the 2021 C-cert quizzes will be available in April. Diplomates will be notified when quizzes are available along with instructions for how to access their subspecialty quiz.

Thank you to the many diplomates who submitted articles for consideration for their subspecialty reading list and to the subspecialty examination committee members for their thoughtful review and selection of the 2021 C-cert articles.
Submit Journal Articles for 2022
C-cert Reading List Consideration

What are the new developments in your neurologic subspecialty field of medicine? What are the recent "must-read" articles for physicians who practice in the subspecialty? What are the subspecialty articles being discussed in your Journal Club?

Article submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2021, and will be considered in the selection process for inclusion in the C-cert annual reading list that will be released in early 2022.

Important Dates & Deadlines

April 1: Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology 2021 Certification Exam Application Early Deadline
April 15: Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology 2021 Certification Exam Application Extended Deadline
May 3: Neurocritical Care 2021 Certification Exam Application Early Deadline
May 17: Neurocritical Care 2021 Certification Exam Application Extended Deadline
June 1: Accreditation applications due for subspecialty fellowship training programs
August 31: Submission of journal articles for 2022 C-cert Reading List deadline
September 13-17: Neuro-oncology certification examination week
October 4-8: Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology certification examination week
November 1-5: Neurocritical Care certification examination week
December 1: Accreditation application due for subspecialty fellowship training programs