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Training, Certification, and Continuing Education of Fellows and Attendings in the Neurocritical Care Unit

  • Michael Robert HalsteadEmail author
  • Paul A. Nyquist
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Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)

Abstract

The specialty of neurocritical care developed out of a need to care for post-neurosurgical patients and polio patients around the turn of the twentieth century. However, it was not until 2005 that the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) formally recognized neurocritical care, providing the first examination for subspecialty certification. The advent of formal training demanded an outline of specific criteria for management of neurologic and medical sequela of neurologic injury and surgery. Core cognitive and procedural domains are now outlined and are a prerequisite for certification in neurocritical care, with board certification possible through UCNS. Fellowship training programs are required to evaluate their programs’ rigor and ability to meet these requirements to ensure they are training the highest quality trainee. Lastly, an approach to the adult learner is provided, targeted at educating within critical care generally and neurocritical care more specifically. In this chapter, we will touch on fundamental concepts of education important for medical educators, including strategies for effective delivery of material, evaluating trainees, and providing effective feedback.

Keywords

Neurocritical care fellowship Certification in neurocritical care Neurocritical care training Neurocritical care curriculum Medical education UCNS (United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties) CAST (Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training) ACGME (American Council on Graduate Medical Education) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Neuroanesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, and MedicineJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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