IC MP Content Guide Information

Initial Certification


Medical Physics Content Guide Information


PLEASE NOTE: List of Constants and Physical Values for Use on the Part 1 and Part 2 Physics Exams

The ABR provides candidates with a list of constants, physical values, and related information, which can be found on this page. While the list includes many constants and physical values, the ABR does not warrant the list as a compilation of all constants and physical values needed on the examinations. Candidates should review the list carefully before their examinations to familiarize themselves with the contents and list organization.

All Medical Physics Exams

The purpose of the medical physics exams is to ensure that candidates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines.

The content of all ABR exams is determined by a panel of experts who select the items based on a content guide that the ABR publishes. The content guides are assembled using guidance from medical physics organizations. The content guides are general documents, and individual exam items may not appear to be exactly congruent with the content listed in the guide. In addition, since there is only a limited number of items on any exam, selected items will only be a sample from the larger domain of the content guide.

Part 1 (Computer-based) Examinations

Part 1 - General and Clinical exams are based on the expected knowledge of a second-year graduate student. The general exam focuses on medical physics at the level of common graduate courses. The clinical exam focuses on anatomy, medical terminology and physiology at the level of an introductory course taught in a college of health sciences; and radiobiology at the level of an introductory graduate course. The exam also includes ethics and professionalism at the level of the RSNA-AAPM Ethics and Professionalism modules.

Part 2 (Computer-based) and Part 3 (Oral) Examinations

The Part 2 exam is based on material that would be learned during a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency. The material represents the broad, subspecialty specific knowledge across the discipline.  

The Part 3 Oral Exam includes the same material as the Part 2 computer-based exam, but with a strong emphasis on practicing clinical medical physics, clinical judgment, and communication. Successful completion of Parts 2 and 3 demonstrate a level of achievement that is necessary for a medical physicist to practice independently.

Content Guides (Includes Sample Questions)

New Question Types for Part 1 and Part 2 Exams

New question types for the ABR examination, now under development, are expected to add flexibility to assessing the knowledge of candidates seeking and maintaining certification. Beginning with the 2017 exams, new question types will appear incrementally, and they will be evaluated by psychometric analysis to validate appropriate performance and other important exam criteria. Example questions for each new type are being produced, and volunteer question writers on the many ABR exam committees are currently being trained. To ensure a fair and equitable exam process, adjustments and fine-tuning of exam parameters (e.g., time allotted for different question types) will be ongoing. The majority of all exam content will continue to be the multiple-choice question with a single best answer, with a small fraction of each new question type being present in future exams.

Please see this page for an Explanation and Examples of New Question Types.

Professionalism and Ethics content is included in the Part 1 (General), Part 2, and Part 3 (Oral) Exams

Click on the link below for the Part 1 Exam:

Click on the link below for the Part 2 Exam in your discipline:

Click on the link below for the Part 3 Oral Exam: