Initial Certification for Interventional Radiology

IR/DR Transition Pathway

Last verified on January 25, 2018
Diplomates certified in diagnostic radiology or general radiology who completed an ACGME-accredited VIR fellowship more than 10 years ago are eligible to take the oral component of the IR/DR Certifying Exam. Applications for this pathway will be accepted until April 30, 2020.

IR/DR Transition Pathway Requirements

Diplomates interested in earning IR/DR certification through this pathway must meet the following requirements:
  • Have a diagnostic radiology or general radiology certificate in good standing.
  • Have completed an ACGME-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.
  • Have completed 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.
  • Submit a completed application. The standard application window is February 1 through April 30. A nonrefundable late fee of $400 will be charged for any application submitted April 1 to April 30. Applications will not be accepted after April 30.
  • Provide evidence of a current state medical license with expiration date.
  • Be current with MOC annual fees (if applicable) and pay current exam fee.

The Exam

Diplomates with an approved application will take the oral component of the IR/DR Certifying Exam. For details, please see the IR/DR Certifying Exam page.  

Recognition and MOC

Recognition of Successful Candidates

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 their IR/DR certificate at a later time, their lifetime DR certificate will be re-issued. No new requirements will be attached to the re-issued lifetime certificate. Please see the IR/DR Certificate Conversion FAQs for more information.

Maintenance of Certification

Continuous 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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