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Critical Care Medicine

ACEP Critical Care Medicine Section Secretary and Newsletter Editor




 Ani Aydin, MD, FACEP



There is good news for all emergency medicine physicians interested in critical care, as yet another pathway has recently been created for certification. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) adopted a subspecialty certification in neurocritical care, co-sponsored by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the American Board of Neurosurgery (ABNS), and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).1,2 

Upon approval of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the ABPN will offer two pathways to certification. A training pathway will be offered, as well as a time-limited practice pathway for all eligible physicians affiliated with the co-sponsoring medical fields.1,2 The practice pathway will be open for six years for those physicians certified in neurocritical care by the Committee for Accreditation of Subspecialty Training (CAST), under the direction of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) or the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), for those who have completed a fellowship in neurocritical care (UCNS, CAST or other non-accredited fellowship), or for those who can demonstrate practice experience.1,2 Additional details about the eligibility criteria are due to be posted on the ABPN website by the end of 2018.1,2 The first examination is planned to be administered by 2021.1,2



  1. https://www.abem.org/public/news-events/news/2018/07/10/abem-co-sponsor-of-neurocritical-care
  2. https://myana.org/publications/news/abpn-announces-new-subspecialty-certificate-neurocritical-care


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