Initial Certification for Interventional Radiology

Independent IR Residency

Last verified on July 15, 2020
 

Certification Overview

  • Complete ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited diagnostic radiology residency
Candidate must successfully complete an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited diagnostic radiology residency. A minimum of four months of diagnostic radiology training program must be spent in nuclear medicine. Candidate must also competently perform interpretation/multireading of the minimum number of mammograms within the specified time period as designated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). No more than 16 months may be spent in any one subspecialty or in research.
  • Complete an ACGME-accredited independent interventional radiology residency
The program must be ACGME-accredited. Candidates successfully completing Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) training during their DR residency may only need to complete one year of Independent IR residency. Those not successfully completing ESIR will be required to complete two years of Independent IR residency. 
  • Pass the ABR Core Exam
Click here for more information on the Core Exam.
  • Pass the ABR Certifying Exam
Click here for more information on the Certifying Exam. Candidates who are DR certified will only be required to take the oral component of the IR/DR Certifying Exam.
  • Provide proof of valid state or provincial medical license
For those in training, a valid training license is acceptable.
  • Demonstrate high moral and ethical principles
The American Board of Radiology expects candidates for initial certification to uphold fundamental moral and ethical principles.  

Other Important Information

Leaves of Absence

Leaves of absence and vacation may be granted to residents at the discretion of the program director in accordance with the institution’s rules. Depending on the length of absence granted by the program, the required period of graduate medical education may be extended accordingly. Residency program directors and their institutional GME offices determine the need for extension of residency training. Therefore, it is not up to the ABR to determine graduation dates for individual residents.  

Failure to Qualify

If a program director fails to indicate in writing that a resident will have the required training and will have achieved adequate professional qualifications before the examination, documentation of the reason(s) must be submitted, along with evidence that the resident has been appropriately apprised of these deficiencies. If a program director states that a resident has not successfully completed one or more rotations, that statement must have the signature of two other faculty members from the same program, supporting the claim of unsatisfactory completion.