Initial Certification for Radiation Oncology

Initial Application and Fees

Last verified on May 13, 2020
After a candidate enters residency, his or her program director or coordinator will submit his or her name, photo, and email address to the ABR as a new resident in the training program.
When that information is received, the ABR will send the candidate an email notification with instructions for logging on to myABR to begin the application process. Please see Resident Registration Checklist.
If a candidate has not already registered:
  • Applications are accepted by the ABR July 1 – October 31 (the first annual fee is due at the time of application).
  • Applications are reviewed by the ABR in the order they are received.

Annual Program Fees

Annual fees are charged for every year candidates are in the initial certification process, beginning with their first year of residency. If they do not fully pass the computer-based and oral exams on the first administration, additional exam fees may apply.
Candidates will be sent their annual invoice in July of each year, as long as they are in the initial certification process. The fee amount is subject to adjustment by the ABR each year. Fees must be paid on myABR. Please note that this fee is not refundable and will be higher if a candidate does not apply in PGY2.
Fee Description Amount
Annual Fee Charged every year that candidates are in the initial certification process, beginning with first year of residency $640
 Re-exam Fee* If a candidate does not fully pass an exam, a re-exam fee may be charged. $640

Additional Fees

If a candidate registers for an exam and cancels 30 days or more prior to the exam date, any exam fees paid will be applied to his or her next eligible exam. If he or she registers for an exam and cancel fewer than 30 days prior to the exam date or does not show for the exam appointment, he or she forfeits any exam fees paid.
Payment may be made by Visa™, Mastercard™, American Express™, or eCheck only (U.S. currency). Payment by cashier’s check or money order will not be accepted. If payment is declined for any reason, a $100 processing fee will be assessed.  

Fees After the Standard Five-year Billing Schedule

All RO candidates out of training are charged an annual fee to continue participating in the initial certification process. Assuming no outstanding fees are owed, one initial certifying exam may be attempted every year at no additional charge. Individuals may continue to participate in the initial certification process until their board eligibility period terminates. All RO candidates will be invoiced annually until certification is obtained or until board eligibility expires, whichever occurs first.
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