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Vascular & Interventional Radiology

The following initial certification information is for candidates who are certified in general radiology or diagnostic radiology, but who have not yet been certified in vascular and interventional radiology. View requirements here.

Please note: The new IR/DR primary certificate is not yet available. The ABR is targeting 2017 for the first IR/DR Certifying Examination. By obtaining a VIR subspecialty certificate, you will automatically receive the new IR/DR certificate as long as you are up-to-date with your MOC requirements. For more information, see the Interventional Radiology page.

The Certificate

The American Board of Radiology conducts oral examinations to ascertain the qualification of diagnostic radiologists who have studied vascular and interventional radiology. A board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist is one who has demonstrated knowledge, problem-solving, and application of those skills to a degree worthy of the public's and the profession's trust. This is someone deemed capable of working in various sectors of the field safely and effectively.

There are several reasons that certification is important:

  • Prospective employers want to know your credentials. Having ABR certification assures them that you have met certain performance standards.
  • Many patients seek background on their caregivers. Once again, ABR certification declares to them that you have achieved a prescribed level of excellence in your profession.

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) which will be evaluated annually on a rolling three-year window. One of the requirements to maintain certification is successful completion of the cognitive (MOC Part 3) examination which must be passed before the end of your tenth year from your previous “passed” examination. This is a practice-profiled, computer case-based, multiple-choice 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, which shows interested parties that you are keeping up with the latest developments in your field and can thereby render high-quality service.

Please note that you fulfill the MOC requirements to maintain your certifications in both diagnostic radiology and vascular/interventional radiology with a single MOC program. Two separate MOC efforts are not necessary.