Last verified on July 31, 2019
International Medical Graduates Alternate Pathway
General RequirementsThe American Board of Radiology (ABR) provides an Alternate Pathway for medical physicists trained in foreign countries, which excludes the United States and its possessions and territories, as well as Canada. Medical physicists who wish to enter the program will need to demonstrate that they meet the following requirements:
- be employed in the U.S. as a medical physicist;
- complete and submit a Structured Mentorship Program application form to the ABR. The application must include the candidate statement, along with the Sponsoring Department Agreement (SDA) and Training Plan from the sponsoring facility, which is signed by both the candidate and the advisor. The Training Plan must be approved by the ABR;
- submit a one-time nonrefundable application fee, due with the application;
- demonstrate that the applicant’s education is at least equivalent to the requirements of a Master of Science degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited program;
- demonstrate at least one year of employment as a qualified medical physicist in the applicant’s country of origin or training (See AAPM Report 197S: Education and Training of Medical Physicists Committee, 2011.)
- demonstrate credentials as a medical physicist in the applicant’s country of initial training.
- The sponsoring department must be at an institution that has a CAMPEP-accredited residency program. The supervising medical physicist at the sponsoring department must be a diplomate of the ABR. The program must include a minimum of three years at the same institution.
NOTE: The Board accepts copies of diplomas or letters from training institutions as verification. If original documents are not in English, an English translation must accompany them.
- Practice knowledge
- Patient care and procedural skills
- Interpersonal/communication skills
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Systems-based practice
- the plan for each rotation;
- a list of educational materials used for the rotation;
- a summary of candidate activities;
- survey reports;
- self-directed educational projects; (SDEPs)
- practice quality improvement (PQI) project;
- self-assessment modules (SAMs);
- a three-page summary of each rotation written by the candidate;
- candidate evaluations written by the advisor; and
- candidate evaluations written by physicians or other supervisors.
Discipline-specific InformationFurther information regarding the Structured Mentorship Program requirements in the three disciplines of medical physics may be found at the links below:
Board EligibilityPlease see the Board Eligibility page for more details.
FeesA fee schedule for the IMG alternate pathway can be found here.
FormsMedical Physics Structured Mentorship Application Form
NoticeContinuation of the IMG Alternate Pathway
Despite any changes implemented by other organizations, the American Board of Radiology has no plans at this time to discontinue its IMG Alternate Pathway to Certification Program. The program will continue to be available to individuals who meet the requirements outlined above.
1Excluding the United States and its possessions and territories, as well as Canada. 2The ABR will evaluate the qualifications of candidates for the Structured Mentorship Program. 3Role of supervisor: The certified medical physicist designated as the supervisor of clinical training must interact with the candidate (trainee) on a regular basis. Although same‐location supervision is preferable, electronic means of review for candidates at a distance are acceptable to supplement face‐to‐face interactions. Through these interactions the supervisor must:
- review the professional activity/output of the candidate;
- become thoroughly familiar with the professional quality of the candidate’s work;
- provide input and guidance on professional activities;
- determine the candidate’s capability of working independently in the designated field of medical physics;
- be willing to provide a statement to the ABR attesting to the above and to certify, at the end of the training period, that the candidate is capable of working independently in the designated field of medical physics.