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The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Looking Back and Moving Ahead

Edited by Michael J. Aminoff, M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P., and Larry R. Faulkner, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-958-9
  • Item #62958


The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Looking Back and Moving Ahead honors the 75th anniversary of the ABPN by reviewing the Board’s history and evolution, describing the subspecialties and the role that certification plays in their practice, explaining the current status of the ABPN’s programs, and exploring future directions. A substantive contribution to our understanding of the historical and contemporary issues that confront the Board, the profession, and the community of practitioners, this book

  • Provides in-depth chapters on the neurological subspecialties, including child neurology, clinical neurophysiology, vascular neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • Explores the psychiatric subspecialties in detailed chapters on addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and forensic psychiatry.
  • Describes the evolution and ongoing management of the credentialing process, including exam development, administration, and scoring.
  • Addresses the critical importance of ethical standards and their integral role in certification, licensing, and practice.
  • Discusses the future of board certification and the importance of recertification and lifelong learning.

With chapters written primarily by current or former ABPN directors or senior staff members, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Looking Back and Moving Ahead will be invaluable to candidates, training programs, and institutions preparing for certification; diplomates seeking to maintain certification; and subspecialists desiring to understand the role of certification in their subspecialty.


    Part I: Historical Overview
    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. The Founding of the ABPN
    Chapter 3. A Selective History of the ABPN
    Chapter 4. Sketches of Selected Giants of Neurology
    Chapter 5. Sketches of Selected Giants of Psychiatry
    Part II: Neurology
    Chapter 6. The Examination in Neurology
    Chapter 7. Child Neurology
    Chapter 8. Clinical Neurophysiology
    Chapter 9. Vascular Neurology
    Chapter 10. Neuromuscular Medicine
    Chapter 11. Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    Part III: Psychiatry
    Chapter 12. The Examination in Psychiatry
    Chapter 13. Addiction Psychiatry
    Chapter 14. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Chapter 15. Geriatric Psychiatry
    Chapter 16. Psychosomatic Medicine
    Chapter 17. Forensic Psychiatry
    Part IV: At the ABPN
    Chapter 18. Board Governance and Finances
    Chapter 19. Developing and Scoring Multiple-Choice Examinations
    Chapter 20. Credentialing and Examination Administration
    Chapter 21. The ABPN Goes Electronic
    Chapter 22. The View From the Executive Office
    Part V: The ABPN and Professional Organizations
    Chapter 23. The ABPN and Professional Organizations in Psychiatry
    Chapter 24. The ABPN and Professional Organizations in Neurology
    Chapter 25. The Residency Review Committees in Psychiatry and Neurology
    Part VI: Future Directions
    Chapter 26. From MCAT to MD
    Chapter 27. Thoughts About Accreditation in Graduate Medical Education
    Chapter 28. The Future of Board Certification
    Chapter 29. Licensing and Certification
    Chapter 30. Recertification and Maintenance of Certification: Lifelong Learning for Psychiatrists and Neurologists
    Chapter 31. Strategic Planning at the ABPN: The Way Forward
    Appendix: ABPN Board Members


    Harold P. Adams Jr., M.D.
    Michael J. Aminoff, M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P.
    Naleen N. Andrade, M.D.
    Beth Ann Brooks, M.D., M.S.A.
    Robin Callen, C.P.A.
    Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H.
    Patricia K. Crumrine, M.D.
    Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.
    Larry R. Faulkner, M.D.
    Mary Foertsch, Ph.D.
    Ludwig Gutmann, M.D.
    Robert W. Guynn, M.D.
    Patricia Janda, B.S.
    Ralph F. J—zefowicz, M.D.
    DortheaJuul, Ph.D.
    Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.
    Kerry H. Levin, M.D.
    Janice M. Massey, M.D.
    Robert Michels, M.D.
    David A. Mrazek, M.D., F.R.C.Psych.
    Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., M.A.C.P.
    Robert M. Pascuzzi, M.D.
    Marc C. Patterson, M.D.
    Noor A. Pirzada, M.D.
    Burton V. Reifler, M.D., M.P.H.
    Victor I. Reus, M.D.
    Robert Ronis, M.D., M.P.H.
    Barbara S. Schneidman, M.D., M.P.H.
    Kailie R. Shaw, M.D.
    Ann Henderson Tilton, M.D.
    Patricia A. Vondrak, B.A.
    Kevin B. Weiss, M.D.
    Paul C. Whittington, B.S.E.E., M.B.A.
    Daniel K. Winstead, M.D.
    Howard Zonana, M.D.

About the Authors

Michael J. Aminoff, M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P., is Distinguished Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Astonishing in its ambition, scope, and honest self-reflection, the ABPN’s 75th Anniversary volume tells the story of the birth and maturation of our field. Contemporary leaders in psychiatry and neurology describe the history and trajectory of the Board, whose hand, seen and unseen, has profoundly shaped modern American psychiatry and, indeed, the face of the modern psychiatrist. Ranging from witty descriptions of the “Giants of American Psychiatry” to the struggle to transcend guild interests to meet the public interest, this volume surprises the reader with the background we thought we knew but did not, and the clarity of the vision for the future we did not know but all should.—Richard F. Summers, M.D., Pres, American Assoc Dir Residency Training (AADPRT), Clin Assoc Professor Psychiatry, Co-Dir Residency Training, Dept Psychiatry, Perelman School Medicine, Univ of Penn

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