News from UCNS

March 22, 2011


The United Council of Neurologic Specialties (UCNS) accredits neurologic subspecialties which do not meet qualifications for ABPN or ACGME certification. There are currently eight UCNS subspecialty members: Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, Headache Medicine, Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology, Neuro-Oncology, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging, Geriatric Neurology, and Autonomic Disorders. Accreditation applications have been submitted by several subspecialty organizations and members of several subspecialties sat for their certification examinations in 2007 and 2008. Information regarding UCNS and its current accredited subspecialties is available on the UCNS website. The Movement Disorders section has been discussing whether or not to seek UCNS accreditation for the last several years. For reasons related to the varied nature of existing movement disorders fellowship programs, cost considerations, and the lack of realistic concern for competition in our field we have determined that this is not a priority for the section at this time. We will be watching this closely going forward and will continue to give the issue consideration as indicated by changes in the health delivery environment.