UCNS Neuro-oncology Certification Application Period Opens 
Practice Track Pathway Extended to Include 2019 Certification Exam 

The online application period for the 2019 United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) Neuro-oncology Certification Examination is now open. The “grandfathering” practice track pathway has been extended to include the 2019 and 2021 initial certification examinations. Individuals who failed past examinations are eligible to repeat the examination up to two additional times within six years of their first examination attempt. 

General eligibility requirements for Neuro-oncology certification includes fellows who have recently graduated from a UCNS-accredited Neuro-oncology training program or physicians who are a diplomate in good standing of the American Board of Medical Specialties in one of the following: Neurology or Child Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Radiation Oncology or equivalent certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Applicants must hold a current, active, valid, unrestricted, and unqualified license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction in the United States, its territories, or Canada, and in each jurisdiction in which they practice. Complete eligibility requirements are available in the Neuro-oncology Certification Eligibility Requirements and Information brochure.

The 2019 examination will be administered during the week of August 12-16. Early deadline for application submission is January 3, 2019. Applications received between January 4-17 are assessed a $500 extended deadline fee.

Achieving subspecialty certification through the UCNS is the recognition that a physician has met the requirements and standards of expertise established by experts in the subspecialty. There are currently 240 diplomates certified in Neuro-oncology and 32 UCNS-accredited Neuro-oncology fellowship training programs. Questions related to UCNS certification may be directed to Todd Bulson, Senior Manager, Certification, at (612) 928-6067 or tbulson@ucns.org