Initial Certification for Radiation Oncology

Prerequisites and Registration

Last verified on September 24, 2020
 

Prerequisites

To be eligible to take the Qualifying Exam, residents must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Have an active application with the ABR
  • Have applied by October 31 of the year before planning to take the exam
  • Be current with all ABR fees and pay all annual fees before the date of the exam
Residents have the voluntary option to take the Medical Physics for Radiation Oncology and the Radiation and Cancer Biology parts of the Qualifying Exam after completion of their PGY-4/R3 year. (With approval of the program director, this option may be exercised after completion of 24 months of residency.) However, they may not take the Clinical Radiation Oncology part of the Qualifying Exam until after completion of their PGY-5/R4 year. (With the approval of the program director, this option may be exercised after completion of 44  months of residency.)
To be eligible to take the Certifying Exam, candidates must have passed all three qualifying exams and be, at a minimum, in the calendar year following completion of their residency training. All additional documentation requirements must be met.

2021 Clinical Qualifying Exam Administration

Residents who exercise the option to take the Clinical Radiation Oncology part of the Qualifying Exam during their PGY-5/R4 year and pass the exam on either of the 2021 Clinical Exam administrations will be first eligible to take the Certifying (Oral) Exam in the spring of 2022.  

Registration

The three parts of the computer-based Qualifying Exam are currently offered annually in July. Eligible candidates will receive an exam invitation approximately two months prior to the exam.
Registration for the Qualifying Exam is through Pearson VUE® Testing Centers. One registration covers all portions of the Qualifying Exam process.