Neuro-Intensive Care Approved as New Subspecialty

It joins four other subspecialties approved by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties

TUESDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) has approved Neuro-Intensive Care as its fifth subspecialty membership, the first step in the UCNS accreditation and certification process.

The UCNS -- an independent, nonprofit, professional medical organization -- recognizes added competence within a field and assists subspecialties that have matured to the point where accreditation of training programs and certification of graduates has become appropriate.

The UCNS Accreditation Council will now work with the subspecialty on requirements for fellowship programs that can apply for UCNS accreditation, according to a statement. The UCNS Certification Council's Examination Committee will also work with the subspecialty to develop the examination to certify physicians. As a member of the UCNS, the Neuro-Intensive Care subspecialty will have one voting seat on the UCNS Board of Directors.

The UCNS previously approved four other subspecialties for UCNS membership: Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry; Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology; Headache Medicine; and Neuro-Oncology.

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