Focus on IR

Focus on IR

New OLA Practice Profile Options Are Popular with IR Diplomates

by James B. Spies, MD, MPH, ABR Associate Executive Director for Interventional Radiology


James Spies, MD

In January, new rules went into effect that gave diplomates more options for configuring their practice profiles in Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA). Whereas previously, interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology diplomates had to select 100% IR content, they can now select up to two other clinical practice areas (CPAs). At least 50% of questions need to be from IR, and a minimum of 25% of content can come from each optional CPA.

This gives more flexibility in how a profile is configured and enables diplomates to have a profile that better matches their current practice.

The changes, which were made in response to diplomate feedback, have been popular. Although 59.5% of IR/DR diplomates participating in OLA have continued to select 100% IR content, there are now 91 other combinations of CPAs in use. For example:

  • 75% IR, 25% General
  • 50% IR, 25% ER, 25% GI
  • 50% IR, 25% GI, 25% GU

A few reminders:

  • There were no changes to the OLA practice profile rules for diplomates with an IR certificate and one subspecialty. These diplomates will continue to be required to select 100% IR content for the IR certificate and 100% subspecialty content for the subspecialty certificate.
  • Changes can be made to the selected CPAs and the percentage allocations as often as desired and will take effect immediately.
  • Because performance evaluations are based on the most recent 200 scorable questions, questions from a CPA that is no longer selected in the current practice profile may be included in a diplomate’s performance evaluation.
  • The performance ratings of all CPAs in the most recent 200 questions can be seen in the cumulative score data.

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