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VASCULAR NEUROLOGY SUBSPECIALTY BOARD

In 2017, the board of governors of the Philippine Neurological Association approved a resolution that paved the way for creating a subspecialty board under the ANSB targeting three (3) different specialties, namely epilepsy, neurophysiology, and stroke. Thus, the PNA created the Vascular Neurology Subspecialty Board, which will oversee the subspecialty fellows' certification and establish rules and guidelines for certification and accreditation of fellowship training programs. Currently, the Vascular Neurology Subspecialty Board members are:  Maria Teresa Cañete, MD (Chair), Ma. Cristina San Jose, MD, Maria Carissa Pineda-Franks, MD, Belinda Mesina-Nepomuceno, MD, and Allan A. Belen, MD.

There are four essential reasons for certifying individuals as Vascular Neurologists:

  1. To fulfill the PNA BOG mandate of 2017

  2. To further the advancement of stroke care in our country, in line with the Stroke National Policy Framework
    (DOH administrative order 2020-0059)

  3. To certify a group of trainers who will educate future Vascular Neurologists

  4. Hospitals seeking accreditation with international bodies such as Joint Commission International (JCI) usually require that those heading these specialized units (e.g., primary stroke centers or comprehensive stroke centers) are experts themselves; stroke certification is geared towards qualification of this expertise.

TIER 1

Tier 1 Vascular Neurologists are Pioneers who have not had fellowship training but have passed 3 out 5 additional criteria (see below)

TIER 2

TIER 2 Vascular Neurologists are those who have had formal fellowship training prior to the creation of the Vascular Neurology Subspecialty Board

TIER 3

TIER 3 Vascular Neurologists are those who have had formal fellowship training and who have passed the vascular neurology subspecialty boards

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All Vascular Neurology applicants should pass 2 out of 3 Mandatory Criteria (see above flowchart).
Tier 1 Vascular Neurologists are the pioneers who have not had fellowship training but have passed 3 out of
5 additional criteria (see below).  Tier 2 Vascular neurologists are those who have had formal fellowship training prior to the creation of the vascular neurology subspecialty board. Tier 3 vascular neurologists  are those who have had formal fellowship training and passed the vascular neurology subspecialty board examination. 

For Tier 1 vascular  neurologists, the candidate must have demonstrated remarkable achievements in stroke, clinical practice, academia, research, leadership in organizations, or active participation in community services. The candidate's cumulative body of achievement is considered on a case-by-case basis from the requirements of the following areas of notable accomplishments: 1) Clinical achievements, 2) Academic achievements, 3) Research-related achievements, 4) Administrative achievements, 5) Community service achievements, and 6) other notable or unusual achievements, as determined by the subspecialty board.
 

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FILL UP THE VNSB APPLICATION FORM (click button to access link)

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Prepare hard and soft copies of the necessary documents for submission

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Pay application fee of P5,000 to the Philippine Neurological Association.

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First round of deliberations: by April 30, 2023

Induction of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Vascular Neurologists by May 2023

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