Subspecialties for Diagnostic Radiology

Requirements and Registration

Last verified on November 1, 2018
  You must successfully complete one year of fellowship training (after residency) in a vascular and interventional program accredited by the ACGME or the RCPSC (Canada). You must also complete one year of practice or additional approved training, with at least one-third of that year spent in vascular and interventional radiology. You will have 10 years after successfully completing the subspecialty training requirements to obtain certification.
  • Fellowship position must be ACGME-accredited.
  • Fellowship training must be documented by a letter from the program director.
  • Practice experience must be verified by a letter from the chief of service or department chair.
  • You must provide evidence of a current state medical license with an expiration date.
  • Before submitting a subspecialty registration, you must have paid any outstanding ABR fees in full.
 

Leaves of Absence

Leaves of absence and vacation may be granted to fellows at the discretion of the program director in accordance with local rules. Depending on the length of absence granted by your program, the required period of graduate medical education may be extended accordingly. Fellowship program directors and their institutional graduate medical education (GME) offices determine the need for extension of fellowship training. Therefore, it is not up to the ABR to determine graduation dates for individual fellows.  

Alternate Pathway to Subspecialty Certification

To view the alternate pathway, click here.  

Registration

The standard registration window for the VIR Subspecialty Exam (now IR/DR Exam) is November 1 through February 28. The application for the 2019 exam, which also outlines the required supporting documentation, is available here.  

Recognition and MOC

Recognition of Successful Diplomates

Successful ABR candidates are awarded a continuous ABR specialty certificate in interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology (IR/DR). When the IR/DR certification is issued, the diplomate’s diagnostic radiology certificate will no longer be visible on the ABR website. ABMS CertiFACTS will show the entire certification history, so credentialers will see that the diplomate’s diagnostic radiology certificate was “converted”. Please see the IR/DR Certificate Conversion FAQs for more information.

Maintenance of Certification

Continuous certification in interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology is contingent upon meeting the requirements of the ABR’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. For MOC program details, please see the interventional radiology MOC page.

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