16-Month Pathway to Dual Certification
in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology
Last verified on July 31, 2019
- A resident who has a total of 16 months of experience in nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine during the 48-month diagnostic radiology residency may qualify for the ABR’s subspecialty certificate in nuclear radiology.
- To qualify for this pathway to subspecialty certification, all 16 months of experience must be in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited diagnostic radiology program; there is no requirement for a nuclear radiology fellowship or nuclear medicine residency program.
- The 16 months may be completed at any time during the diagnostic radiology residency training; there is no requirement for consecutive months.
- Up to two months of nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine clinical experience during pre-DR residency (e.g., PGY-1 clinical year or other residency training) may count toward the 16 months of experience if performed at an institution with an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited DR program.
- Four months of nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine are required of every resident in a DR or IR/DR program, and count toward the 16 months of experience. Eight additional months of dedicated nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine comprise 12 months.
- At the discretion of the diagnostic radiology program director, up to four of the remaining months of training may be in a field related to nuclear radiology (NR), nuclear medicine (NM), and/or molecular imaging (MI). Examples of related fields include abdominal/cardiovascular/musculoskeletal/thoracic radiology, head and neck/ neuroradiology, interventional radiology, non-isotopic molecular imaging, and oncologic imaging. Alternatively, one or more of these four months may be spent in dedicated nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine experiences.
- As long as the rotation has substantial correlative exposure to NR/NM/MI content within the proposed clinical experiences, the proposed rotation(s) will likely be approved. For example, head and neck imaging generally includes a considerable number of head and neck cancer cases with relevant PET/CT and even SPECT/CT components.
- Other such diagnostic rotations could include abdominal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, thoracic, neuroradiology, non-isotopic MI, and oncologic imaging, as well as vascular and interventional radiology (e.g., 90Y microspheres).
- If a program has a PET/MR hybrid unit, one or more rotations on that service would qualify. The nuclear radiology trustee, assisted by a group of nuclear radiology advisors, will evaluate the proposed training plan and make a determination.
Recognition of Successful Candidates
- For diagnostic radiology, see Board Eligibility Policy for details.
- For nuclear radiology subspecialty, candidates have 10 years after successfully completing the training requirements to obtain certification.