Initial Certification for Diagnostic Radiology

Program Administration

Last verified on September 21, 2020
 
This page includes information that may be of special interest to program directors and coordinators.
 
 
 
 

Timeline Breakdown

In the initial certification process for diagnostic radiology, the timeline is broken down by four training years.

  • R1/PGY-2 - First Year of Residency Training
  • R2/PGY-3 - Second Year of Residency Training
  • R3/PGY-4 - Third Year of Residency Training
  • R4/PGY-5 - Fourth Year of Residency Training (Graduating Year)

Throughout this residency timeline, there are important action items that must be completed on the predetermined due dates.

  • New resident registration
  • Training verification
  • Exam information

The table below outlines the action items and the due dates.

 

Program Coordinator/Director DR Timeline

Resident Year Dates Action Item Action Item Information Exam Information
R1/PGY-2 July 1 - July 31 Add new resident in myABR New Resident Registration
R2/PGY-3 Nothing due at this time
R3/PGY-4 January 1 - February 15 Submit training verification Training Verification Core Exam Information
R4/PGY-5 March 1 - June 1 Submit completed NRC Forms A and B NRC Forms Certifying Exam Information
R4/PGY-5 June 1 - August 1 Submit final training verification Final Training Verification
 
 

New Resident Registration

Program Coordinator/Director

Annually from July 1 to July 31, program coordinators/directors will add new residents* to their account in  myABR. To complete this process, program coordinators/directors will need to have all the information found on this Program Checklist.

Once this process is completed, the resident will be notified by email and asked to complete his or her registration during the open registration period of July 1 to October 31.

Please encourage residents to complete their registration on myABR during their first year (R1/PGY-2) of training. The initial application fee is due at first-time registration in myABR. Payments are made via myABR.

*If a resident has transferred into your program, please do not add them as a new resident. Click here for more information.

 

Resident

From July 1 to October 31, residents will complete first-time registration through myABR. To complete this process, residents will need to have all the information found on this Resident Checklist.

During the registration process, the resident will be asked to approve the photo uploaded by the program.

  • If the resident approves the photo, the resident can continue the registration process.
  • If the resident declines the photo, the registration will be locked, and an email will be sent to the program coordinator/director requesting that a new photo be uploaded. The photo approval/decline process will repeat until the resident approves the photo.
 
 
 

Training Verification

R3/PGY-4

Annually the ABR sends email reminders at the beginning of the calendar year for program coordinators/directors to input the training credits in myABR by February 15 for the residents who are eligible to take the Core Exam.

Training verifications will confirm that a resident is eligible for the Core Exam. The exam has been developed to be taken during or after 36 months (R3/PGY-4) of diagnostic radiology residency training. However, if a resident has started late or taken a leave of absence, and has completed at least 32 months of DR training, the program director may request that the resident take the Core Exam prior to 36 months. The program director must contact the ABR for information on how to obtain this waiver.

 
 
 

R4/PGY-5 – NRC Forms A and B

Residents

Annually the residents who completed the appropriate NRC training, and that are graduating from their fourth year (R4/PGY-5) will need to turn in the attested and signed NRC Forms A and B to the program coordinator/director.

Program Coordinator/Director

Annually the ABR sends email reminders at the beginning of March for program coordinators/directors to submit completed NRC forms A and B. Forms will be submitted to the ABR by email to adminsupport@theabr.org no later than June 1.

 
 
 

R4/PGY-5 – Final Verification

Annually the ABR will send final training verification forms for graduating residents via email to the program coordinators/directors at the beginning of June. Forms need to be submitted to the ABR by email to adminsupport@theabr.org no later than August 1.

Final verifications will confirm successful completion of the residency training requirements, namely, 48 months of training, with a minimum of four months in nuclear radiology and three months in mammography/breast imaging. The final verification will also confirm if the resident did or did not complete Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) training during the residency.

 
 
 

Exam Information

 
 

Core Exam

Registration

Annually, candidates who are eligible* to sit for the Core Exam will receive an email invitation from the ABR inviting them to register for the exam. This email invitation will be sent 3 months before the examination. For additional information on the Core Exam dates and locations, click here.

 

Scoring

Exam results will be posted in myABR 8 to 10 weeks after the Core Exam.

 

*Eligible candidates need to have the following:

  • An active application with the ABR.
  • Program verification of required training.
  • Full payment of ABR fees.

For more information regarding the Core Exam prerequisites, click here.

 
 
 

Certifying Exam

Registration

Step 1: Create Practice Profile

Annually, candidates who are eligible* to sit for the Certifying Exam will first receive an email from the ABR prompting them to create their practice profile. This reminder will be sent 4 months before the exam. Candidates can create their practice profile in their myABR account. For additional information on how to create a practice profile, click here.

Step 2: Register

After Step 1 is complete, candidates will receive an email invitation from the ABR inviting them to register for the exam. This email invitation will be sent 3 months before the exam.

 

Scoring

Exam results will be posted in myABR 8 to 10 weeks after the Certifying Exam.

 

*Eligible candidates must:

  • Have paid all ABR fees.
  • Hold an active medical license.
  • Be Board Eligible with the ABR.
  • Have successful completion of internship and DR residency verified by their program.
  • Have passed the Core Exam.
  • Complete residency at least 12 months before the exam.

For more information regarding the Certifying Exam prerequisites, click here.

 
 

Other Information

 

Late Registration

Residents in their third year of residency who did not complete first time registration during the open registration period of July 1 to October 31 can register during the late registration period in March. A late application submission fee will be applied to their myABR account. Please note that the late submission fee does not apply to the application or exam fee cost.

 

Exam Fee Table

Click here for fee table.

 
 
 

Transfers

Residents are expected to remain in the same program for all four years. If a resident wishes to transfer for any reason, that transfer must be approved by the initial program director as well as by the new program director. To notify the ABR of a transfer, please complete and submit the transfer form located here to information@theabr.org.
 

Withdrawals

If a resident has withdrawn from your program, please submit this form to the ABR at adminsupport@theabr.org to confirm the resident’s official end date with your program.
 
 

Leaves of Absence

Leaves of absence and vacation may be granted to residents at the discretion of the program director in accordance with the institution’s rules. Depending on the length of absence granted, the required period of graduate medical education may be extended accordingly. Residency program directors and their institutional GME offices determine the need for extension of residency training. Therefore, it is not up to the ABR to determine graduation dates for individual residents.
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