Physician Resources

Physician Resources

Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS)

The Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course is designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency. Now in its fourth version, ENLS demonstrates a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach and provides a consistent set of protocols, practical checklists, decision points, and suggested communication to use during patient management. 


Pharmacotherapy of Neurocritical Care Series (PONS)

The Pharmacotherapy of Neurocritcial Care Series (PONS) is a curriculum based-learning series comprised of various neuropharmacotherapy topics presented by experts in the field of neurocritical care. The target audience includes individuals practicing in all medical disciplines, particularly those who are interested in furthering their neuropharmacotherapy knowledge. 


Pocket Guide to Neurocritical Care
The Pocket Guide to Neurocritical Care serves as a valuable tool for practitioners at the bedside, including trainees, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and advanced practice providers, whether in the emergency department setting, medical or surgical ICU, or neurocritical care unit. Concise, high-yield chapters address topics such examination of comatose patients, ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, neurotrauma, management of elevated intracranial pressure, and more.


ABMS Neurocritical Care Multidisciplinary Subspecialty

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) adopted a new Neurocritical Care (NCC) Subspecialty involving the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), American Board of Anesthesia (ABA), American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and American Board of Neurosurgery (ABNS). The new NCC subspecialty will allow for uniformity in the training and skill sets of neurointensivists through ACGME-accredited fellowship training. Download the ABPN press release to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download the NCS FAQ here.
Download the UCNS FAQ here.
UCNS Certification Examination is now open. Learn more here.
UCNS Expands Certification Eligibility to Doctors of Osteopathy. Read the press release here
View the UCNS Examination Committee Job Description here. 
View the UCNS Non-Voting Board Member Job Description here

Call for Comments - Revision to the UCNS Neurocritical Care Program Requirements

Download the UCNS NCC Program Requirements memo here.

UCNS last approved the Neurocritical Care program requirements for program accreditation in 2014. Revisions to this document are now being proposed:

  1. Diplomates of the American Osteopathic Association are now allowed to sit for the UCNS boards. The proposed program requirement revisions clarify that diplomates of the American Osteopathic Association can serve as Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program Directors, Core Faculty, and Fellows.
  2. The new revisions clarify that evaluation of Neurocritical Care fellows should incorporate the UCNS Neurocritical Care Milestones that were approved in February 2019.
Please see the memo from Holli Horak, MD, FAAN, Chair, UCNS Accreditation Council, inviting you to submit your comments. Please note that comments are due September 27, 2020, and must be returned electronically to Amanda Carpenter, UCNS Senior Manager of Accreditation, as directed in the memo.

Other Resources for Neurocritical Care Physicians

Neurocritical Care ON CALL

Neurocritical Care ON CALL® is a subscription-based online resource comprised of content dedicated solely to the practice of neurocritical care. Currently featuring 20 topics, Neurocritical Care ON CALL is applicable to physicians, pharmacists, APPs, nurses, and trainees. The content is enriched by a variety of additional features including case studies, videos, monthly webinars, podcasts, and more. 


Practice of Neurocritical Care

The Practice of Neu
rocritical Care represents a new approach to medical textbooks. This book includes a range of topics, many of which have been discussed at prior Neurocritical Care Society annual meetings, with current and expanded content, tables, figures, and critical references.


NCS Podcast Series

This comprehensive series of podcasts consists of interviews with authors of impactful articles from Neurocritical Care. The podcasts will be released around the time of the NCS Twitter Journal Club. Together, the NCS Twitter Journal Club and the NCS Podcast Series will provide the listener with an in-depth exploration of hot topics in neurocritical care.