by J. Anthony Seibert, PhD, ABR Governor
In this edition of The BEAM, President Brent Wagner discusses the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the adjustments the ABR continues to make regarding volunteer activities and exam scheduling for all disciplines. Please visit the ABR website for the latest information and ABR policies concerning these issues.
From the Executive Director – Valerie Jackson, who is retiring in July, reminisces about her professional career and the many opportunities that volunteering and serving the radiology profession, particularly with the ABR, has provided.
From the Board of Governors – Robert Barr, the secretary-treasurer and newly named president-elect, discusses his thoughts on present plans and future directions of the ABR.
Focus on IR – Vicki Marx, an interventional radiology trustee, provides insight on COVID-19’s impact on training and education with a focus on IR practices, including the downstream effects on certification. For now, the IR/DR Certifying Exam (scheduled for October) has yet to be impacted.
Focus on DR – An update on the non-interpretive skills (NIS) portion of the diagnostic radiology Core and Certifying exams is given by David Larson, DR trustee in charge of the section. He discusses the tasks of the NIS committee in developing relevant exam items and suggests ways examinees can prepare for exam content using the NIS Study Guide.
Volunteer Spotlight – Dr. Mark Madsen, a well-known and respected medical physics volunteer for the medical nuclear physics and DR Core Exam committees, talks about his experiences over a 17-year span of serving the ABR—a guide for those who follow in his footsteps.
Do not forget to read the Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) Update and learn how you can fine-tune your preferences to optimize your experience with the process.
To stay up to date with the latest news, adjustments to exam delivery dates, certification processes, and ABR activities, please refer to the ABR website.
I hope you enjoy this edition of The BEAM. If you have comments or feedback, please contact me or the editorial staff via the website or call the ABR office at (520) 790-2900.