Continuous improvement in patient safety and quality in neurological surgery: the American Board of Neurological Surgery in the past, present, and future
Wang MC, Boop FA, Kondziolka D, Resnick DK, Kalkanis SN, Koehnen E, Selden NR, Heilman CB, Valadka AB, Cockroft KM, Wilson JA, Ellenbogen RG, Asher AL, Byrne RW, Camarata PJ, Huang J, Knightly JJ, Levy EI, Lonser RR, Connolly ES, Meyer FB, and Liau LM. Continuous improvement in patient safety and quality in neurological surgery: the American Board of Neurological Surgery in the past, present, and future. J Neurosurg 2020.
Journal of neurosurgery
The American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) was incorporated in 1940 in recognition of the need for detailed training in and special qualifications for the practice of neurological surgery and for self-regulation of quality and safety in the field. The ABNS believes it is the duty of neurosurgeons to place a patient's welfare and rights above all other considerations and to provide care with compassion, respect for human dignity, honesty, and integrity. At its inception, the ABNS was the 13th member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which itself was founded in 1933. Today, the ABNS is one of the 24 member boards of the ABMS.To better serve public health and safety in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the ABNS continues to evolve in order to elevate standards for the practice of neurological surgery. In connection with its activities, including initial certification, recognition of focused practice, and continuous certification, the ABNS actively seeks and incorporates input from the public and the physicians it serves. The ABNS board certification processes are designed to evaluate both real-life subspecialty neurosurgical practice and overall neurosurgical knowledge, since most neurosurgeons provide call coverage for hospitals and thus must be competent to care for the full spectrum of neurosurgery.The purpose of this report is to describe the history, current state, and anticipated future direction of ABNS certification in the US.
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