UCNS Approves Neonatal Neurocritical Care for Neurologic Subspecialty Recognition

8-8-2022 The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) will soon be accrediting training programs and certifying physicians for the neurologic subspecialty of Neonatal Neurocritical Care. The UCNS Board of Directors approved the application for subspecialty recognition at its August 3, 2022, board meeting. 

The field of Neonatal Neurocritical Care (NNCC) is a rapidly evolving subspecialty that provides complex diagnostic testing and prognostication required to care for the neurologically compromised maternal/fetal dyad, preterm, or term newborn, and the developing child after discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Neonatal Neurocritical Care subspecialty application was sponsored, prepared, and submitted by the Newborn Brain Society. The UCNS will now work with the sponsoring organization to identify the subspecialty experts who will begin the process of developing and finalizing the subspecialty standards and requirements for fellowship training program accreditation and the certification criteria for physicians. 

The NNCC accreditation and certification development process will take an estimated 12-18 months to complete. Details, updates, and comment periods will be released and available on the UCNS website at www.ucns.org.