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Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology

UCNS Update

May 2016

Reminder from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)

The application cycle for the 2016 Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry certification examination is open. The Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry certification examination will be offered the week of November 14-18, 2016. The exam is scheduled for four hours and will have 200 computer-based multiple-choice questions. Applications, supporting documents, and payment must be submitted by the application deadline of May 16, 2016.
This will be the first year in which we are offering both initial certification and recertification examinations.  Because UCNS certification examinations are offered every other year, those physicians who were initially certified in 2007 will need to take their recertification examination in 2016.
Complete information about these examinations can be found at http://www.ucns.org/go/subspecialty/behavioral/certification

January 2015

UCNS to Offer First Recertification Examinations in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry
At the request of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology and the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) extended the practice track for the BN&NP certification examination to 2014.  The examination was administered in November.  From now on, only graduates of UCNS-accredited BN&NP fellowships will be eligible to sit for initial certification examinations in this subspecialty.
The first BN&NP certification examination was administered in 2006. UCNS certifications last ten years.  Therefore, physicians who were first certified in 2006 must sit for a recertification examination in 2016.  The recertification examination will be shorter than the initial examination and the fee will be lower.  UCNS recertification examinations are offered every other year.  Therefore, those physicians who were certified in 2007 must sit for their recertification examination in 2016.   Information about the requirements for maintaining UCNS certification can be found on the UCNS website at http://www.ucns.org/globals/axon/assets/8082.pdf

February 2014

United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)
Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Certification

Anjan Chaterjee, President of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, and Sheldon Benjamin, President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association officially requested an extension of the practice track to qualify for the examination. The practice track allows physicians who did NOT graduate from a UCNS-approved fellowship program to sit for the specialty examination if they have sufficient clinical experience.  We are delighted to announce that the UCNS board agreed to the extension for the 2014 examination!  The practice track will now close after the 2014 application cycle. The 2014 Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry examination is scheduled for the week of November 3 - 7. The application deadline is May 15, 2014. Applications will be available starting February 1, 2014.

After 2014 only those who have successfully completed a UCNS accredited Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry fellowship will be able to apply to sit for the certification examination.

The Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions and is given over a 4-hour period at computer testing centers located in many cities.
For further information:  http://www.ucns.org/go/subspecialty/behavioral/certification