In the initial certification process for radiation oncology, the timeline is broken down into four training years:
- R1/PGY-2 – First Year of Residency Training
- R2/PGY-3 – Second Year of Residency Training
- R3/PGY-4 – Third Year of Residency Training
- R4/PGY-5 – Fourth Year of Residency Training (Graduating Year)
Throughout this residency timeline, there are important action items that must be completed on the predetermined due dates.
- New resident registration
- Training verification
- Exam information
The table below outlines the action items and the due dates.
Program Coordinator/Director RO Timeline
|Resident Year||Dates||Action Item||Action Item Information||Exam Information|
|R1/PGY-2||July 1- July 31||Add new resident in myABR||New Resident Registration|
|R2/PGY-3||Nothing due at this time|
|R3/PGY-4||January 1 – February 15||Submit training verification||Training Verification||Qualifying Exam Information|
|R4/PGY-5||June 1 – August 1||Submit completed NRC Forms A and B||NRC Forms||Certifying Exam Information|
|R4/PGY-5||June 1 – August 1||Submit final training verification||Final Training Verification|
New Resident Registration
Annually from July 1 to July 31, program coordinators/directors will add new residents* to their account in myABR. To complete this process, program coordinators/directors will need all the information found on this Program Checklist.
Once this process is completed, the resident will be notified by email and asked to complete his or her registration during the open registration period of July 1 to October 31.
Please encourage residents to complete their registration on myABR during their first year (R1/PGY-2) of training. The initial application fee is due at first-time registration in myABR. Payments are made via myABR.
*If a resident has transferred into your program, please do not add them as a new resident. Click here for more information.
During the registration process, the resident will be asked to approve the photo uploaded by the program.
- If the resident approves the photo, the resident can continue the registration process.
- If the resident declines the photo, the registration will be locked, and an email will be sent to the program coordinator/director requesting that a new photo be uploaded. The photo approval/decline process will repeat until the resident approves the photo.
The ABR will send an email at the beginning of each calendar year to remind program coordinators/directors to input the training credits in myABR by February 15 for the residents who are in their third year and are eligible to take the physics and cancer biology portions of the Qualifying Exam. The clinical portion of the Qualifying Exam is taken after residents complete their R4/PGY-5 residency year.
Training verifications will confirm if a resident is eligible for the physics and cancer biology portions of the Qualifying Exam. This part of the exam has been developed to be taken during or after 36 months (R3/PGY-4) of radiation oncology residency training. However, if a resident has started late or taken a leave of absence, and has completed at least 32 months of RO training, the program director may request that the resident take this portion of the exam prior to 36 months. The program director must contact the ABR for information on how to obtain this waiver.
R4/PGY-5 – Oral I-131 and Parenteral Administration Log
Residents who have completed the appropriate NRC training and are graduating from their fourth year (R4/PGY-5) will need to turn in the attested and signed RO – Oral I-131 and Parenteral Administration Log to the program coordinator/director. For a blank copy of the log and more information, click here.
The ABR sends email reminders at the beginning of June for program coordinators/directors to submit completed NRC forms A and B. Forms need to be submitted to the ABR by email to email@example.com no later than August 1.
R4/PGY-5 – Final Verification
The ABR will send final training verification forms for graduating residents via email to the program coordinators/directors at the beginning of June each year. Forms need to be submitted to the ABR by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1.
Final verifications will confirm successful completion of the residency training requirements; that is, 48 months of completed requisite logs per NRC guidelines and a minimum of four months in nuclear radiology and three months in mammography/breast imaging.
Annually, candidates who are eligible* to sit for the Qualifying Exam will receive an email from the ABR inviting them to register for the exam. This email invitation will be sent 2 to 3 months before the exam. For additional information on the Qualifying Exam dates and locations, click here.
Candidates have the option to wait and take all three parts of the Qualifying Exam after successful completion of residency.
Candidates who received full credit for 36 months of residency training qualify to take only the Physics and Cancer Biology portions of the exam.
Candidates who received full credit for 48 months of residency training qualify to take the Physics, Cancer Biology, and Clinical portions of the exam.
Exam results will be posted in myABR 4 to 6 weeks after the qualifying exams.
*Eligible candidates need to have the following:
- An active application with the ABR.
- Program verification of required training.
- Full payment of ABR fees.
For more information regarding Qualifying Exam prerequisites, click here.
Certifying Oral Exam
Annually, eligible candidates who have met the prerequisites may be scheduled for the Certifying Oral Exam. Eligible* candidates will receive an email from the ABR inviting them to register for the exam. This email invitation will be sent approximately 5 months before the exam. For additional information on the RO Certifying Oral Exam dates and location, click here.
For information on the Certifying Oral Exam prerequisites and registration, click here.
Exam results will be posted in myABR 2 to 3 weeks after the Certifying Oral Exam. For more information, click here.
*Eligible candidates must:
- Have paid all ABR fees.
- Hold an active medical license.
- Be Board Eligible with the ABR.
- Have an active application.
- Have successful completion of internship and RO residency verified by their program.
- Have passed the qualifying exams.
For more information regarding the Certifying Exam prerequisites, click here.
Residents in their third year of residency who did not complete first-time registration during the open registration period of July 1 to October 31 can register during the late registration period in March. A late application submission fee will be applied to their myABR account. Please note that the late submission fee does not apply to the application or exam fee cost.
Exam Fee Table
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Residents are expected to remain in the same program for all four years. If a resident wishes to transfer for any reason, that transfer must be approved by the initial program director as well as by the new program director. To notify the ABR of a transfer, please complete and submit the transfer form located here to email@example.com.
Leave of Absence
Leaves of absence and vacation may be granted to residents at the discretion of the program director in accordance with the institution’s rules. Depending on the length of absence granted, the required period of graduate medical education (GME) may be extended accordingly. Residency program directors and their institutional GME offices determine the need for extension of residency training. Therefore, it is not up to the ABR to determine graduation dates for individual residents.