Requirements and Application
Last verified on November 1, 2022
RequirementsDiplomates must successfully complete one year of fellowship training (after residency) in a vascular and interventional program accredited by the ACGME or the RCPSC (Canada). They must also complete one year of practice or additional approved training, with at least one-third of that year spent in vascular and interventional radiology.
- Fellowship position must be ACGME-accredited.
- Fellowship training must be documented by a letter from the program director.
- Practice experience must be verified by a letter from the chief of service or department chair.
- Evidence of a current state medical license with an expiration date must be provided.
- Before a subspecialty application is submitted, any outstanding ABR fees must be paid in full.
Board EligibilityDiplomates who successfully completed their training before 2019 have until December 31, 2024 to obtain IR/DR certification. Those who complete their training in 2019 or 2020 have six full calendar years from the completion of training to obtain IR/DR certification.
ApplicationThe standard application window for the IR/DR Certifying Exam is November 1 through February 28. The application for the October 2023 exam is available here. Before submitting the application, you must have the following items scanned and saved to your computer:
- A copy of your fellowship certificate or an official letter (on letterhead) signed by your program director, documenting your fellowship training, including start and end dates.
- Official letter (on letterhead) from your department head, documenting your post-training practice experience (with dates) and the percentage of time devoted to the subspecialty. (A minimum of 15 hours per week must be devoted to IR.)
- Completed ABR Fellowship Case Log* with complication(s), signed by your program director (minimum 500 cases).
- Completed ABR Practice Case Log* with complication(s), signed by your department chair or head of your group (minimum 200 cases).