Education

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

The AAS in conjunction with The Dysautonomia Project is proud to present a living library of education and validated clinical information addressing autonomic disorders. This evolving resource of video content includes workshops, seminars, and other presentations created for healthcare professionals, dysautonomia patients, and their families.

*Note: Link goes to an external website.

UCNS COURSE

The AAS provides a series of tutorials for all members in good standing. The UCNS Certifying Exam Review Course is organized as a series of pre-recorded video lectures available asynchronously. The Review Course is led by Dr. David Goldstein and is highly recommended for individuals planning to take the UCNS certifying exam in autonomic disorders.

HISTORY

In 2001, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) developed a Commission on Subspecialty Certification comprised of five major neurology organizations:

 

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
  • Association of University Professors of Neurology
  • Child Neurology Society
  • Professors of Child Neurology

 

The five parent organizations had a common interest of supporting and nurturing neurologic subspecialties and proposed to establish the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS).

 

In 2003, the UCNS was incorporated as a separate nonprofit organization with the mission of accrediting neurologic subspecialty training programs and certifying competence of physicians with the goal of enhancing the quality of training for physicians and enhancing quality health care for patients.

CERTIFICATION

Physicians who pass a UCNS-certification examination have demonstrated their expertise in their subspecialty area and a commitment to providing quality patient care. Certification examinations are developed by a committee of physician experts identified by the subspecialty’s sponsoring organization(s). UCNS certification is time-limited and recertification is required after 10 years.

 

ACCREDITATION

UCNS-accredited fellowship training programs meet the common program requirements established for all UCNS subspecialties in addition to the subspecialty specific training requirements developed by the subspecialty. The accreditation process has peer-reviewed oversight by the Accreditation Council which is made up of experts from the subspecialty field of medicine.

 

Accreditation applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed in the spring and fall. Please see the UCNS website for more specifics of the timing of the test and application.

 

APPLICATION

The UCNS Autonomic Disorders Certification Examination online application process is now available. The new application allows for application completion, document uploads, and payment all to take place through the online process.

 

Review the application checklist of information and documents needed to prepare for application. Reasons to Become Certified, application template letters, and more information is available under “Initial Certification” at www.ucns.org.