Vascular and Interventional Radiology
In 2012, the American Board of Radiology was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to begin issuing specialty certification in interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology (IR/DR). As a result, the ABR issued the last Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) subspecialty certificates in 2016.
The initial IR/DR certificates will be issued in late 2017 to those who pass the inaugural IR/DR Certifying Exam in October 2017. The VIR subspecialty certificate will become a legacy certificate at that time.
Candidates completing an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited diagnostic radiology residency, and then completing an ACGME-accredited VIR fellowship in 2016 and beyond, have two options for gaining Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) certification:
- Take the DR Certifying Exam in the fall immediately following completion of fellowship.
- If passed, candidate is awarded DR certification.
- Take the IR/DR Certifying Exam (oral component only) in the fall of the next year after completion of fellowship.
- If passed, candidate is awarded IR/DR certification
- Fees: five DR annual fees, plus $3,270 IR/DR application fee
- Wait until fall of the next year after completion of fellowship and take the IR/DR Certifying Exam (computer-based component and oral component) in Tucson.
- If passed, candidate is awarded IR/DR certification.
- Fees: five DR annual fees, plus $ 3,270 IR/DR application fee
Candidates will be required to complete one year of post-fellowship training practice experience in IR (minimum 33% of a 1.0 FTE) to be eligible for the IR/DR Certifying exam.
If you have questions about the IR/DR certificate, go to this page
on this website.