IC Special Programs
Special program options exist for diagnostic radiologists and radiation oncologists interested in specific career paths. Please click on the links below to learn more about each.
Holman Research Pathway
The American Board of Radiology recognizes the shortage of physician investigators in diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. To address this shortage, a research pathway program has been designed for individuals to simultaneously train in diagnostic radiology or radiation oncology and in basic science, clinical, or transitional investigation. This new pathway, the "ABR Holman Research Pathway," is named for B. Leonard Holman, M.D., who first proposed this initiative.
The Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Enhanced Clinical Training (DIRECT) certification pathway is a provisional pilot program with ABR oversight. The pathway is ABR-reviewed and approved.
The American Board of Radiology recognizes the dynamic and evolving nature of biomedical research and clinical care. The Board will therefore consider applications for innovative, multidisciplinary programs, in which diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, or medical physics remain the primary certification. Program directors interested in creating such programs should contact Christina Slater, Assistant Director for Candidate Services, at the ABR Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Program directors should be aware that depending on the nature and complexity of the proposed program, a period of up to six months or more may be required for consideration and approvals prior to any implementation.