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Initial certification information is for candidates who have not been certified in diagnostic radiology.

Information about the ABR's Core and Certifying Exams
  Transition to the Core and Certifying Exams (from those taking oral exams)
  Study materials for the Core Exam:

  Core Exam Study Guide
  Core Exam Study Materials for Quality & Safety (NIS syllabus)
  Core Exam Blueprints 
  Core Exam Sample Content  
  Core Practice Exam

Time Limitation for Attaining Initial Certification  (“Board Eligibility”)

Candidates have specific time limits for remaining eligible to be initially certified by the ABR and to maintain their status as "board eligible." Board eligibility will begin at the completion of diagnostic radiology residency training. For international medical graduates, "end of training" is defined as the end of the four-year period outlined in the Sponsoring Department Agreement.

For candidates who have already completed training, the “board eligibility” period ends according to the following schedule:

End of Training: Termination of board eligibility

2004 or before: December 31, 2014

2005: December 31, 2015

2006-2010: December 31, 2016

2011 and afterward: six full calendar years from end of training

After the period of board eligibility ends, candidates failing to successfully complete the initial certification process will no longer be considered by the ABR as "board eligible," will no longer be permitted to designate themselves as such for communications or credentialing purposes, and will no longer be reported as such on the ABMS website (www.certificationmatters.org) or in verification letters.

Please click here for more information on Board Eligibility.

The Certificate

As you progress through your residency, you will take examinations to qualify for your initial certification in diagnostic radiology.

If you have chosen to subspecialize, you can also take exams to qualify for subspecialty certificates in the following disciplines:

   Hospice and Palliative Medicine
   Nuclear Radiology
  Pediatric Radiology
  Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Your certificate is valid contingent upon meeting the requirements of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

Throughout the period for which you hold certification, you are expected to continue learning and improving your skills in a personalized program (see ABR-MOC). Your progress will be evaluated annually on a rolling three-year “look-back” window. One of the requirements to maintain certification is successful completion of the cognitive examination (MOC Part 3), which must be passed before the end of the tenth year from your previously passed examination. This is a practice-profiled, computer case-based examination. The examination is different from the current series of initial examinations for certification. Your certification status and MOC status will be publicly reported on our website, as well as at the official public reporting website of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), www.certificationmatters.org.