The Academy of Brain Stimulation
The international Clinical TMS Certification Course is offered by the Academy of Brain Stimulation. The Academy of Brain Stimulation aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and clinical practice in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation.
The Academy is comprised of international renowned experts and key opinion leaders in Transcranial Brain Stimulation (TMS, TES, TUS). The Academy connects scientists and academics in the field of brain stimulation with clinicians and practitioners.
European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
For all our Clinical TMS Certification Courses (onsite and online) an application has been made to the EUROPEAN UNION OF MEDICAL SPECIALISTS (https://www.uems.eu) for accreditation by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of CME credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities.
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Our International Clinical TMS Certification Courses are also officially recognized by the Dutch Brain Stimulation Foundation for TMS Certification, including accreditation as TMS professional as well as TMS technician.
The International Clinical TMS Certification Course co-authored and fully complies with the recommendations provided by the IFCN (International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology) committee for training in the practice of non-invasive brain stimulation (Fries et al., 2020).
Who is authorized to offer TMS therapy?
In most countries, rTMS is offered by medical specialists such as psychiatrists or neurologists (or sometimes also other physicians). In some countries also clinical psychologists, nurse practitioners, or physician’s assistants (often referred to as TMS technicians) may be qualified to administer rTMS therapy.
Importantly, following any TMS Certification Courses is no replacement or substitute for such a recognized clinical qualification / profession required to be registered as a healthcare professional within the healthcare sector of a given country. Our International Clinical TMS Certification does therefore also not replace or substitute any potential national regulation regarding the authorized use of TMS in a clinical setting. There are large differences between countries, and even between states / provinces within a country, in who is authorized to offer TMS therapies within the respective official health care system. Please consult your local authorities or professional organization to find out more about the concrete situation in your country.