PTC administers the ABNM written Recertification examination twice a year at dates listed on the ABNM (http://abnm.info) web site. The Recertification examination can only be administered on these pre-established dates. The ABNM Recertification examination is conducted electronically via a computer interface and is now available at hundreds of testing centers across the United States thus providing testing centers in convenient locations for most exam candidates. The administration of the ABNM Recertification examination is the same as that for the ABNM Part I-Written examinations. Please see Section II for details as to how to locate a test center and for how the ABNM Recertification examination is conducted.
The current fee for the ABNM – Written Recertification Examination in Neurophysiologic Monitoring is $850.
ABNM Diplomates may apply for recertification within two years prior to the expiration of their certification period by having fulfilled the CME requirements and completing an application for recertification. Note that ABNM Diplomates must take and pass the recertification examination while being in good standing as an ABNM Diplomate at the time of the Recertification examination. Current ABNM Diplomates who apply to sit an ABNM recertification examination that is scheduled on a future date after their ABNM certification has expired will not be eligible to sit the Recertification examination. Any certification granted under this process will be for a period of ten additional years beyond the initial certification period.
The recertification process will entail:-
- Retaking a written examination consisting of general questions on topics within specialties chosen by the ABNM.
- Effective January 20th, 2019, there are no non-approved areas for CME credits other than the IONM or Clinical Neurophysiology areas that are listed in Items 6, 7 and 8 of this list.
- Documentation of a minimum of 50 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits in the completed “ABNM Record of CME in IONM & Clinical Neurophysiology”.
- CME credits must be obtained during the five-year period prior to the month and year of the recertification examination being applied for. CME credits obtained prior to the specified five-year period will not be accepted.
- CME credits may be obtained at any time during this five-year period but must total 50.
- Approved courses for IONM CME credits. At least 40 of the 50 required CME credits must be in Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM), i.e., an approved IONM course. Approved CME courses in IONM include all IONM courses provided by IONM Societies, specifically the ASNM, ACNS and ISIN. Other approved CME courses in IONM include all IONM courses provided by academic programs or private companies and institutions that provide validated CME level IONM courses. At this time, the ABNM has approved IONM courses that are provided by Specialty Care and UPMC. Other IONM courses may be submitted to the ABNM for consideration to be listed as an approved ABNM CME activity.
- Non-approved courses for IONM CME credits. At most, 10 of the 50 required CME credits may be obtained from other courses that are not IONM courses, per se, but do include some IONM content. The ABNM will accept up to 5 CME credits awarded for review of IOM papers in peer reviewed non-open access journals. Proof of the paper topic must be provided along with the CME certificate. Further, the ABNM has the discretion to determine if the Journal is reputable of allowing these CME’s to be used for recertification. Candidates are required to include a copy of the course program or syllabus with the application that must include the title and presenter of the IONM CME activity and the name of the CME provider. The CME certificate must be annotated to clearly document the total number of CME hours that were specifically related to IONM content as distinct from all other non-IONM CME content.
- Non-approved courses for Clinical Neurophysiology CME credits. At most, 10 of the 50 required CME credits may be obtained from courses in other areas of Clinical Neurophysiology, specifically, EEG and/or EMG. Approved CME courses in Clinical Neurophysiology include all Clinical Neurophysiology courses provided by the ASNM, ACNS, ISIN and IFCN . Clinical Neurophysiology CME credits obtained as part fulfillment of other courses may also be considered, that must include the title and presenter of the CME activity and the name of the CME provider. The CME certificate must be annotated to clearly document the total number of CME hours that were related to Clinical Neurophysiology EEG and/or EMG CME content as distinct from all other non-Clinical Neurophysiology EEG and/or EMG CME content.
- Copies of CME certificates must be provided for all 50 required CME credits that document the number of credit hours obtained by the applicant as distinct from the number of available credit hours. Transcripts of CME credits provided by the issuing institution for the CME activity may be submitted if Certificates are not provided.
- CMEs must be awarded by approved educational institutions in the USA or the national equivalent of the AMA for non-US based educational institutions.
- Non-CME educational credits such as ASET, ASHA, etc., will only be accepted from non-Doctoral level ABNM Diplomates.
- The acceptance or denial of all CME credits submitted with an application for ABNM Recertification will be at the discretion of the ABNM and may not be appealed.
- Submission of the Recertification examination fee of $850.
The ABNM recertification exam will contain 250 questions. The passing score for each version of the examination is determined by the ABNM and PTC for every version of the ABNM examination form that is used for the ABNM written examination for Recertification. The Recertification examination will be administered at the same dates and locations as the current ABNM Part I-Written examination is offered.
Persons losing their certification by allowing the application window to elapse and/or without successful completion of the ABNM credentialing examination for Recertification, will be listed with the Certification Status of “Not Certified” and will be required to complete the original (i.e. to sit and pass Part I-Written and Part II-Oral examinations) ABNM examination process anew and all application/eligibility requirements at the time of the re-application will apply.