Neurosurgery certification in member societies of the world federation of neurosurgical societies (WFNS). the Americas

Jaime Gasco, Sean M. Barber, Leonardo Rangel-Castilla, Ian E. McCutcheon, Peter M. Black

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Introduction: This article aims to objectively compare the complexity and diversity of the certification process in neurologic surgery in member societies of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Methods: This study centers on the certification processes in the geographic regions of North, South, and Central America. It presents a subgroup analysis based on the responses provided to a 13-item survey. The data received were analyzed and three Regional Complexity Scores (RCSs) were designed. To compare national board experience, eligibility requirements to access the certification process, and the degree to which exams were obligatory, an RCSOrganizational score was created (RCS-O, 20 points maximum). To analyze the complexity of the examination, an RCSComponents score was designed (RCS-C, 20 points maximum). The sum of both is presented as the Global RCS (RCS-G) score. In addition, a descriptive summary of the certification process for each responding society is also provided. Results: On the basis of the data provided by the RCS system, the United States and Brazil seem to have the most developed certification processes in the American continent (20 points each), followed by Canada (18 points) and Mexico (17 points). Conclusion: The experience from these leading countries should be of value and reference to other countries, allowing future improvement within the region. Peer-Review Article

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-27
Number of pages12
JournalWorld neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Latin America
  • Neurosurgery certification
  • Neurosurgery training
  • North America
  • WFNS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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