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The Board of Governors of the Philippine Neurological Association (PNA) approved a resolution that paved the way for creating a subspecialty board under the Adult Neurology Specialty Board (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.

The Vascular Neurology Subspecialty Board completed the certification and recognition of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Vascular Neurologists last 2023 and is now preparing for the accreditation of Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Programs which we expect to implement by May to September of 2024. The accreditation is open only to training institutions offering a Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Program but must have a fully accredited Adult Neurology Residency Training Program granted by the Adult Neurology Specialty Board of the Philippine Neurological Association.

Objectives of the Training Program

  1. The general objective of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Program is to provide advanced training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with stroke in an optimal clinical and research milieu.

  2. The educational program is organized at a sufficient level for the Fellow-in-Training to acquire clinical competence and expertise in managing stroke patients and in leading/managing healthcare team such as supervising an acute stroke unit. To ensure extensive educational, patient care, and research resources which are essential elements for training, the following disciplines are available: neurology stroke service, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, cardiology, vascular medicine and surgery, intensive and critical care, and psychiatry.

  3. Ul8mate integration and application of the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes are best experienced within the patient care environment. The program is structured to provide adequate and meaningful exposure in different units of the hospital where patients with stroke are admitted or seen using a system-based approach to healthcare while adhering to ethical, professional, and legal standards.

  4. Because stroke care is multidisciplinary in nature, clinical experience includes opportunities to interact with other medical and paramedical specialists involved in the care of the stroke patients through collaboration and effective communication.

  5. The program aims to motivate the Fellow-in Training to practice life-long learning and personal growth in stroke care by delivering cost-effective and evidence-based quality care to all patients regardless of socio-economic status, political affiliations, religious belief, ethnicity, or gender.

  6. Research is an integral component of the program. The Fellow-in Training is expected to develop an independent quality research and to be active in clinical stroke research and drug trials which the respective institution is participating in, if any.



Interested Training Institutions must send a letter of intent for accreditation addressed to the following not later than February 28, 2024.

Dr. Ma Celesta S. Pena

President, PNA

Dr. Marietta C. Olaivar

Chair, Adult Neurology Specialty Board

Dr. Ma Teresa A. Canete

Chair, Vascular Neurology Subspecialty Board

Send the letter via email at


Document requirements must be completed on or before April 15, 2024. Digital copies must be complied in PDF format and sent via VNSB and PNA official emails. One set of hard copy must be sent to the PNA office.


Once receipt of documents are confirmed, pay the accreditation fee using the payment details specified in the email confirmation.


The institution will be informed of the schedule of accreditation for on-site evaluation and site visit.


Institutions are encouraged to review the following accreditation documents to serve as their references:

1. Guidelines for Accreditation of Vascular Neurology Training Program

2. Criteria for Accreditation of Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Program

For more information, please send your queries to our email at

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