Last verified on March 1, 2023
On this pageThis interventional radiology section contains information intended only for candidates in an IR residency program. Candidates who have completed a diagnostic radiology residency and a vascular and interventional fellowship, please refer to the Vascular and Interventional Radiology section for information about the requirements for that pathway.
Interventional Radiology Training Pathways
Interventional Radiology ResidenciesThere are two IR residency formats:
The Integrated IR ResidencyThis residency consists of one clinical year, followed by five years of an ACGME-accredited integrated IR residency. The Integrated IR Residency includes:
- three years of diagnostic radiology training (same as for a standard DR residency), which should include some months of IR training;
- two years of interventional radiology training;
- training in critical care medicine; and
- training in periprocedural care and inpatient admitting service—admitting patients and caring for them before, during, and after IR procedures.
The Independent IR ResidencyThis residency will be two years and will be entered after the candidate has satisfactorily completed a DR residency. Some candidates who are residents in DR programs approved by the ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) to provide Early Specialization in IR (ESIR), and who have completed the prerequisites, will be able to enter the second year of the Independent IR Residency program following their DR residencies.
The ExamsThe Qualifying (Core) Exam, offered after 36 months of residency training, is the same exam taken by candidates for certification in diagnostic radiology. It is image rich and computer based; it covers 16 subspecialty and modality categories. Candidates must pass overall and in physics to receive a passing result. The Certifying Exam consists of an oral component and a computer-based component. Candidates taking this exam who are already certified in diagnostic radiology will only be required to take the oral component. Those who are not certified in diagnostic radiology will take the oral component in addition to the computer-based component, which includes one Essentials of Diagnostic Radiology module and one Interventional module. Beginning with the residency class graduating in June 2024, candidates will be required to wait until the calendar year following completion of training to take the oral component. Radioisotope Safety Content (RISC) is integrated into the Qualifying (Core) Exam and the Essentials Module of the IR/DR Certifying Exam. Candidates who have submitted the appropriate documentation, receive a passing score on the RISC, and achieve certification by 12/31/2023 will be given the Authorized User-Eligible (AU-E) designation on their certificate. The RISC result will not affect the pass results for the Qualifying (Core) Exam or the IR/DR Computer-based Certifying Exam.
Recognition and MOC
Recognition of Successful CandidatesSuccessful ABR candidates are awarded a continuous ABR specialty certificate in interventional/diagnostic radiology.
Maintenance of CertificationContinuous certification in interventional/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. Questions related to any board certification issues can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (520) 790-2900.
SIR ECS Questions with ABR Responses
Certification Application and Exam Registration
- What is a certification application?
- Who needs to submit a certification application?
- Where can I find information about how to submit my application for an IR/DR certificate?
- Integrated Residents: https://www.theabr.org/interventional-radiology/initial-certification/integrated-ir-residency/initial-application-fees
- Independent Residents: https://www.theabr.org/interventional-radiology/initial-certification/independent-ir-residency/initial-applications-and-fees
- VIR Fellows: https://www.theabr.org/interventional-radiology/initial-certification/vascular-interventional-radiology/requirements-and-registration
- What is exam registration?
- Who needs to complete exam registration?
- When does exam registration open?
- How long is exam registration open?
- What should I do if I do not receive an email for exam registration?
- What if I missed the exam registration date?
Exam Logistics: Planning for Days Off to Take the Exam
- At this time, which exam dates are planned to be in-person and which are planned to be remote?
- For the computer-based certifying exam, how long is the exam, and at what time of day will it be held?
- How long is my IR/DR Certifying Oral Exam?
- What time of day is the IR/DR Certifying Oral Exam, and what time on the last day will it be completed?
- Is there any other specific information regarding the testing format itself for the remote delivery (i.e., proctoring, location to take exam, number of monitors, screen resolution, computer operating system needed for exam)?
- What if my computer is on hospital network and encrypted?
- What if I fail the exam?