Initial Certification for Interventional Radiology

Requirements and Application

Last verified on December 18, 2023


Diplomates 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 Eligibility

Diplomates have six full calendar years from completion of training or until 2024 depending on training completion, whichever comes later, to obtain IR/DR certification.  


The standard application window for the IR/DR Certifying Exam is November 1 through February 28. The application for the October 2024 exam is available here. Before submitting the application, you must have the following items scanned and saved to your computer:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Completed ABR Fellowship Case Log* with complication(s), signed by your program director (minimum 500 cases).
  4. Completed ABR Practice Case Log* with complication(s), signed by your department chair or head of your group (minimum 200 cases).
*All case logs must include the classification of the complication and the number of each type of complication.

Recognition and MOC

Recognition of Successful Diplomates

Successful ABR candidates are awarded a continuous ABR specialty certificate in interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology (IR/DR). When the 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 diplomate’s diagnostic radiology certificate was “converted.” Please see the IR/DR Certificate Conversion FAQs for more information.

Continuing Certification (MOC)

Continuous certification in interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology is contingent upon meeting the requirements of the ABR’s Continuing Certification (MOC) program. For Continuing Certification (MOC) program details, please see the interventional radiology Continuing Certification page.