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 fifth 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) approved Neurocritical Care (NCC) as a subspecialty with 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) and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) as co-sponsors. This will allow the member boards to offer a certificate in the subspecialty of Neurocritical Care (NCC). The initial ABMS Neurocritical care examination was administered by the ABPN in October of 2021, and the second will take place in October of 2022. More information can be obtained through the ABPN website or by contacting the relevant ABMS member boards that co-sponsor the exam. Currently physicians may qualify to take the exam via the practice pathway; however this option will no longer be available after 2026.

While the ABMS member boards handle NCC certification for board-eligible physicians, fellowship credentialing will be overseen by ACGME. This newly approved NCC subspecialty by ABMS and ACGME will allow for uniformity in the training and skill sets of neurointensivists from various primary specialties. The United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) will continue to certify physicians and accredit fellowships as well. Similarly, the Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST), part of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, continues to accredit neurocritical care fellowships; graduates are eligible to apply for Recognition of Focused Practice (RFP) through the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS).

The NCS would like to congratulate those fellowship programs that have been granted accreditation, which are listed on the ACGME website.

CAST link:
ABNS RFP link:

Neurocritical Care Training Program Achieves UCNS Accreditation 

Congratulations to the newest Neurocritical Care fellowship training program to earn accreditation states from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). Programs attaining UCNS accreditation status offer the core curriculum established by the subspecialty and meets required quality standards established by UCNS.

Accreditation is a voluntary process of evaluation and peer review based on the UCNS accreditation standards. Fellows who complete a UCNS-accredited program meet the training eligibility requirements to apply for certification in Neurocritical Care. There are now 75 UCNS-accredited Neurocritical Care training programs across the United States and Canada and 223 total UCNS-accredited training programs in the nine UCNS-recognized neurologic subspecialties. UCNS congratulates the following program and their program directors in achieving UCNS accreditation effective December 1,2021. UCNS accreditation applications are accepted throughout the year with June 1, 2022, being the next deadline for applications that will be reviewed in the fall of 2022. Additional information is available at

Neurocritical Care Program                                                                 Program Director
Albany Medical Center                                                                           Tamer Abdelhak, MD

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
Submit journal articles for continuous certification (C-cert) reading list consideration here
AGCME program requirements can be viewed here

Call for Comments - ABMS Draft Standards for Continuing Certification

ABMS has announced its call for comment for the draft Standards for Board Continuing Certification. This is the opportunity for professional societies to provide feedback. The proposed changes include:

  1. CC cycle shortened to 5 years.
  2. Requirement for additional measures of diplomate professionalism.
  3. Requirement for diplomates to be involved in QI activities with a goal of “improving health and health care”.

Download the press release for full details and visit for more information. 

Other Resources for Neurocritical Care Physicians

Neurocritical Care ON CALL
Neurocritical Care ON CALL® is the only up-to-date, comprehensive resource dedicated to the practice of neurocritical care. Currently featuring 22 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, webinars, podcasts, and more.


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.