MOC DR Part 3 Cognitive Expertise
Part 3: Cognitive Expertise
A diplomate is expected to maintain core knowledge fundamental to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic radiology. Documentation of cognitive expertise requires a passing score on a computer-based, practice-profiled exam every ten years. The exam may be taken multiple times if necessary. A diplomate is eligible to take the exam regardless of completion of MOC Part 2 and/or Part 4.
The Practice-Profiled Examination - What to Expect
As technology has advanced and the field of diagnostic radiology has become increasingly subspecialized, it has also become nearly impossible for individual diagnostic radiologists to be masters of the entire domain. Data from a practice analysis survey conducted by the ABR and corroborated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) recognize that 94 percent of radiologists concentrate their practices on four or fewer areas within the field.
With this in mind, the ABR's practice-profiled MOC examination was designed to be modular, allowing each diplomate to self-select a portion of his or her exam content. The examination thus consists of:
Noninterpretive skills content (one module designated by the ABR)
Clinical content (four modules selected by the diplomate)
Noninterpretive skills content includes topics deemed important for every practicing radiologist to know, such as patient safety, life support, professionalism/ethics, and principles of image quality.
Clinical content is determined by each diplomate's self-selected practice profile, which is completed during the exam registration process. Diplomates declare their practice profiles through their online personal database (myABR), which allows each individual to specify the clinical areas in which he or she wishes to be examined. Diplomates may choose one to four different clinical content categories.
Clinical content categories are the following:
- Vascular and Interventional
- General Content (available beginning in 2014)
Study guides for clinical and noninterpretive skills content are available here and serve as one option for exam preparation. However, because clinical exam content is image rich and practice relevant, the majority of currently practicing diagnostic radiologists will find that knowledge gained in daily practice and through customary means of keeping up-to-date (literature, courses, etc.) will serve as adequate preparation.
On exam day, the diplomate scheduled to participate in the examination according to ABR records must confirm his or her identity by presenting a valid government-issued photo I.D. and will also be identified through palm-vein scanning. Four hours are allotted for the exam.
- The deadline for requesting a hand score is 60 days after the date your results letter were posted.
- You must submit your request in writing by mail or fax:
- Mail: 5441 E. Williams Circle
Tucson AZ 85711-7412
- Fax: 520-790-3200
The fee for a hand score is $250. You must pay by credit card. Please note that the ABR cannot accept credit card forms by email, due to security issues.
- Mail: 5441 E. Williams Circle
- Results will be sent to you by email. Please allow four to six weeks for a response.