Initial Certification for Interventional Radiology

Program Administration

Last verified on August 21, 2020
 

This page includes information that may be of special interest to program directors and coordinators.

 
 
 

Timeline Breakdown

In the initial certification process for interventional radiology, the timeline is broken down by five training years.

  • R1/PGY-2 - First Year of Residency Training
  • R2/PGY-3 - Second Year of Residency Training
  • R3/PGY-4 - Third Year of Residency Training
  • R4/PGY-5 - Fourth Year of Residency Training
  • R5/PGY-6 - Fifth Year of Residency Training (Graduating Year)

Throughout this residency timeline, there are important action items that must be completed on the predetermined due date.

  • New resident registration
  • Training verification
  • Exam information
  • The table below outlines the action items and the due dates.

     

    Program Coordinator/Director IR/DR Timeline

    Resident Year Dates Action Item Action Item Information Exam Information
    R1/PGY-2 July 1 - July 31 Add new resident in myABR New Resident Registration
    R2/PGY-3 Nothing due at this time
    R3/PGY-4 January 1 - February 15 Submit training verification Training Verification Core Exam Information
    R4/PGY-5 Nothing due at this time
    R5/PGY-6 January 1 - March 30 Submit final training verification Final Training Verification Certifying Exam Information
     
     

    New Resident Registration

    Program Coordinator/Director

    Annually from July 1 to July 31, program coordinators/directors will add new residents* to their account in  myABR. To complete this process, program coordinators/directors will need to have all the information found on this Program Checklist.

    Once this process is completed, the resident will be notified by email and asked to complete his or her registration during the open registration period of July 1 to October 31.

    Please encourage residents to complete their registration on myABR during their first year (R1/PGY-2) of training. The initial application fee is due at first-time registration in myABR. Payments are made via myABR.

    *If a resident has transferred into your program, please do not add them as a new resident. Click here for more information.

     

    Resident

    From July 1 to October 31, residents will complete first-time registration through myABR. To complete this process, residents will need to have all the information found on this Resident Checklist.

    During the registration process, the resident will be asked to approve the photo uploaded by the program.

    • If the resident approves the photo, the resident can continue the registration process.
    • If the resident declines the photo, the registration will be locked, and an email will be sent to the program coordinator/director requesting that a new photo be uploaded. The photo approval/decline process will repeat until the resident approves the photo.
     
     

    Training Verification

    R3/PGY-4

    The ABR sends email reminders at the beginning of each calendar year for program coordinators/directors to input the training credits in myABR by February 15 for the residents who are eligible to take the Core Exam.

    Training verifications will confirm that a resident is eligible for the Core Exam. The exam has been developed to be taken during or after 36 months (R3/PGY-4) of interventional radiology residency training. However, if a resident has started late or taken a leave of absence, and has completed at least 32 months of IR training, the program director may request that the resident take the Core Exam prior to 36 months. The program director must contact the ABR for information on how to obtain this waiver.

    NRC Forms A and B

    Authorized User-Eligibility (AU-E) is not available for IR/DR certificates. For more information, click here.

     
     
     

    R5/PGY-6

    Annually the ABR will send final training verification forms for graduating residents via email to the program coordinators/directors at the beginning of January. Forms need to be submitted to the ABR by email to adminsupport@theabr.org no later than March 30.

    Final verifications will confirm successful completion of the residency training requirements; namely, 60 months of training, with a minimum of four months in nuclear radiology and three months in mammography/breast imaging.

     
     

    Exam Information

     
     

    Core Exam

    Registration

    Annually, candidates who are eligible* to sit for the Core Exam will receive an email invitation from CVENT on behalf of the ABR inviting them to register for the exam. This email invitation will be sent 3 months before the exam. For additional information on the Core Exam dates and locations, click here.

     

    Scoring

    Exam results will be posted in myABR 8 to 10 weeks after the Core Exam.

     

    *Eligible candidates need to have the following:

    • An active application with the ABR.
    • Program verification of required training.
    • Full payment of ABR fees.

    For more information regarding the Core Exam prerequisites, click here.

     
     
     

    Certifying Exam

    Registration

    Candidates who successfully completed 5 years in an IR/DR residency program will take both the computer-based and oral portions of the exam. Eligible* candidates will receive an email from CVENT on behalf of the ABR inviting them to register for the exam. This email invitation will be sent 3 to 4 months before the exam. For additional information on IR exam dates and location, click here.

     

    Scoring

    Exam results will be posted in myABR 8 to 10 weeks after the Certifying Exam.

     

    *Eligible candidates must:

    • Have paid all ABR fees.
    • Hold an active medical license.
    • Be Board Eligible with the ABR.
    • Have successful completion of internship and IR residency verified by their program.
    • Have passed the Core Exam.
    • Take the exam upon residency completion.

    For more information regarding the Certifying Exam prerequisites, click here.

     
     

    Other Information

     

    Late Registration

    Residents in their third year of residency who did not complete first-time registration during the open registration period of July 1 to October 31 can register during the late registration period in March. A late application submission fee will be applied to their myABR account. Please note that the late submission fee does not apply to the application or exam fee cost.

     

    Exam Fee Tables

    Click here for the Integrated IR Residency fee table. Click here for the Independent IR Residency fee table.

     
     
     

    Transfers

    Between Integrated IR Programs

    Residents are expected to remain in the same program for all four years. If a resident wishes to transfer for any reason, that transfer must be approved by the initial program director as well as by the new program director. To notify the ABR of a transfer, please complete and submit the transfer form located here to information@theabr.org.

     

    From Diagnostic Radiology to an Integrated IR Program

    Residents who have begun DR training may have the opportunity to transfer into an integrated IR residency at their own institution to seek initial certification in IR/DR. To notify the ABR of a transfer, please complete and submit the transfer form located here to information@theabr.org.

     

    Withdrawals

    If a resident has withdrawn from your program, please submit this form to the ABR at adminsupport@theabr.org to confirm the resident’s official end date with your program.
     
     

    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, 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.