| Candidates in the subspecialty of neurodevelopmental disabilities are those in the field of Child Neurology, who are seeking ABPN Board Certification. Neurodevelopmental disabilities is a subspecialty that involves having pediatric or child neurologic expertise in the diagnosis and management of chronic conditions that affect developing and mature nervous system such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, behavioral syndromes or neurologic conditions.
All candidates will need to complete and submit an application in order to qualify and apply for an examination. Each application will be reviewed by the credentials department. Candidates become diplomates after passing their examination. Diplomates will then begin the process of maintenance of certification.
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Initial Certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
A. History and Statement of Principles
The ABPN and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), in concurrence with the ABMS, established a joint Committee on Certification in the Subspecialty of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in March 1999. This was done to officially establish the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities as a definite area of joint subspecialization in neurology with special qualification in child neurology and in pediatrics and to provide a means of identifying properly trained and experienced neurodevelopmental disabilities subspecialists.
The actual mechanics of certification of qualified candidates have been delegated by the Boards to the Committee, which operates under the supervision of and in accordance with the policies of the Boards. [more]
Maintenance of Certification Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
The Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology reflects the Board's commitment to lifelong learning throughout one's profession. The mission of MOC is to ensure that diplomates adhere to the highest standards in medicine and pursue excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement. The MOC program requires diplomates to participate in sanctioned self-assessment performance measures, identify perceived weaknesses in their knowledge, pursue learning activities tailored to areas that need to be strengthened, and develop quality improvement programs based on their clinical practice. The goal is for diplomates to reflect on their personal knowledge and performance and commit to a process of improvement and reevaluation of performance measures over a specified time frame that will ultimately lead to improved care for their patients. [more]