International Medical Graduates Alternate Pathway
Last verified on October 3, 2019
RequirementsTo be considered a candidate for certification by the American Board of Radiology, an applicant must demonstrate the following:
- Satisfy the radiation oncology training requirements of a non-U.S., non-Canadian country
- Have documentation verifying the applicant’s ability to practice radiation oncology independently in the country of training or board certification (if applicable)
- Complete a clinical year of non-radiation oncology training in general medicine, surgery, transitional internship, or its equivalent.
- Complete at least three years of radiation oncology training in a residency program outside the U.S. or Canada.
- If trained in India, the applicant must have the following degrees to be eligible for the Alternate Pathway: M.B.B.S. + D.N.B. and/or M.D.
- Current, detailed curriculum vitae with specific dates of all training
- Verification of the following:
- Medical school training
- One year of clinical non-radiation oncology training in general medicine, surgery, transitional internship, or its equivalent. One year of credit for clinical training may be received.
- Three years of radiation oncology training in a residency program outside the U.S. or Canada
- Radiation oncology certification (if applicable)
- Four consecutive years of radiation oncology residency training, fellowship, and/or full-time faculty appointment in one institution with a radiation oncology training program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). (See Sponsoring Department Agreement below.)
- Up to three years of radiation oncology residency may count. However, four years of radiation oncology does not qualify for the ABR Alternate Pathway, as that is the standard training pathway.
- 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.
- Candidates will be notified when to submit the application fee
- Copy of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate or Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) certificate
Sponsoring Department Agreement, including the applicant’s four-year plan.
- Credit for research training of up to 12 months will be granted toward radiation oncology certification if the research is completed at the same institution as the remaining clinical training.
- In addition to the four-year plan, applicants must also submit a letter of commitment for four years of continuous service signed by the host department chair. This letter of commitment may include a statement of condition for termination for cause, although availability of funds should not fall into this category.
- The applicant’s department chair must complete and submit annual verification forms.
- Any changes in the above requirements carried out without the written consent of the ABR will be considered as grounds for termination of the individual’s participation in the Alternate Pathway.
- Copies of United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 score reports are required
- A passing score on USMLE Step 3 is required six months before admittance to the Certifying Exam.
- Current unrestricted medical license is required at the time of application and when certification is conferred.
- Eligibility to sit for the physics and cancer and radiation biology computer-based qualifying exams will begin following 36 months of he approved program.
- Eligibility to sit for the initial certification qualifying (computer-based) exams in physics, and cancer and radiation biology will begin after completion of 36 months of the approved 4-year program.
- Eligibility to sit for the clinical qualifying examination will begin following passing both of the basic science exams and 4 full years of the approved program.
- Eligibility to take the certifying (oral) exam will not begin until all three qualifying exams have been successfully passed. See policy.
Recognition of Successful CandidatesSuccessful candidates are awarded a continuous ABR specialty certificate in radiation oncology.
Board EligibilitySee Board Eligibility Policy for details.
FormsRadiation Oncology IMG Application Form Radiation Oncology IMG Sponsoring Department Agreement
Annual Program Fees
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