IR/DR Transition Pathway
Last verified on July 31, 2019
RequirementsDiplomates interested in earning IR/DR certification through this pathway must meet the following requirements:
- hold an ABR diagnostic radiology or general radiology certificate in good standing.
- have completed an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited VIR fellowship. Confirmation from the program director or department chair is required.
- spend at least one-third (15 hours per week) of their practice in interventional radiology. Attestation by section chief or department chair is required.
- provide a log of their last 500 interventional radiology cases, including the complications of those procedures.
- completion of at least 75 CME credits in the last three years, at least 25 of which must be Self-assessment CME (SA-CME). Documentation of the CME must be submitted with the application unless the diplomate is already participating in MOC and has completed Part 2 attestation.
- provide evidence of a current state medical license with expiration date.
- be current with MOC annual fees (if applicable) and pay current exam fee.
- Successful ABR candidates are awarded a continuous ABR specialty certificate in interventional/diagnostic radiology (IR/DR). When 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 diagnostic radiology certificate was “converted.”
- If the converted diagnostic radiology certificate was a lifetime certificate, and for any reason a diplomate decides to drop the IR component of his or her IR/DR certificate in the future, that lifetime DR certificate will be re-issued. No new requirements will be attached to the re-issued lifetime certificate.
- What type of certificate will I be issued?
- What will happen to my diagnostic radiology certificate when the IR/DR certificate is issued?
- Who is eligible for this pathway?
- What is the last date that I can apply for this pathway?
- What type of VIR fellowship is eligible?
- What percentage of my practice must be in IR?
- I am in a solo practice. Who can attest to the time I spend in IR?
- I am in a free-standing practice. Who can attest to the time I spend in IR?
- If I have been participating in MOC and am up to date on my fees. Do I still need to pay a fee to take the exam?
- What type of CME credits must I have?
- Do the CME credits have to be in IR?
- What type of documentation do I need to submit for the CME and SA-CME requirement?
- What type of exam will I take?
- How often is the oral component of the IR/DR certifying exam given?
- Where is the oral component of the IR/DR certifying exam given?
- How many chances will I have to pass the exam?
- Can I “condition” the exam?
- What happens if I fail the exam?
- Can I still get an IR/DR certificate if I don’t pass the exam by 2020?
RegistrationThe standard registration window for the IR/DR Transition Pathway is November 1 through February 28.
The ExamCandidates with an approved application are eligible to take the oral component of the IR/DR Certifying Exam. The exam must be passed by December 31, 2020.
Recognition of Successful Candidates
Board EligibilityNo designation for board eligibility exists for this pathway.
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.
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