Subspecialties for Diagnostic Radiology

Alternate Pathway to Subspecialty Certification

Last verified on May 1, 2024



Alternate Pathway


A diplomate of the ABR may attain subspecialty certification in pediatric radiology without completing an accredited fellowship if the diplomate meets the following requirements:

  • The candidate must have served on the pediatric radiology subspecialty faculty at a single institution for:
    • two consecutive years at 1.0 FTE, with at least 75 percent of clinical responsibility in the discipline,
    • or
    • three consecutive years at 1.0 FTE, with at least 50 percent of clinical responsibility in the discipline.
    Note: Part-time diplomates working  ≥ 0.6 FTE are also eligible. Please contact an ABR certification manager at for details.
  • The candidate must be certified in general radiology, diagnostic radiology, or interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology.
  • Practice experience must be verified by letter from the chief of service or department chair.
  • Evidence of a current state medical license with an expiration date must be provided.
  • Before submitting a subspecialty application, the candidate must pay any outstanding ABR fees in full.




An application form must be submitted to the ABR before a decision can be made regarding a candidate's qualifications. The application window for the Alternate Pathway is February 1 through April 30. Please check back here on February 1, 2025, for the 2025 exam application.





Candidates with approved applications are eligible for the initial certification computer-based subspecialty exam in pediatric radiology.



Recognition of Successful Candidates

Successful candidates are awarded a continuous ABR subspecialty certificate in pediatric radiology.