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ABPS Offers a High Standard, Fair Clinical Certification Exam for Diagnostic Radiologists

Diagnostic Radiology ExamAt the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we have worked hard and succeeded in developing a board certification examination for diagnostic radiologists that is challenging but also fair. Board certification is a useful tool because it helps distinguishes physicians who have mastered their specialty and demonstrated their competency in the core concepts of their field of expertise. With this in mind, we’ve designed an examination that is psychometrically validated, exhaustive, and clinically based, giving qualified diagnostic radiologists with extensive experience and expertise a fair opportunity to earn the board certification they deserve.

In order to become board certified, diagnostic radiologists must successfully complete both a written and oral examination, and also meet the application requirements outlined here. The first step of the examination process is a multiple-choice, single-response examination that tests core, practical knowledge of diagnostic radiology. Upon successful completion of this written test, the next step is an oral examination that consists of six categories with three to five cases presented from each category by a trained examiners. This process is an excellent opportunity for the diagnostic radiologist to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies required to provide diagnostic service. Rather than relying entirely on fact memorization and book learning, the oral exam emphasizes real world clinical examples to identify the most qualified and deserving diagnostic radiologists.

Becoming board certified in diagnostic radiology through the Board of Certification in Radiology (BCR) is an excellent opportunity to distinguish yourself from other radiologists and demonstrate to your employer, patients, and colleagues that you are highly qualified and knowledgeable. At the ABPS, our Diplomates also enjoy a number of benefits that come from being part of a community that is made up of other ABPS member board certified radiologists, including opportunities for leadership in the industry. It should also be noted that radiologists who are board certified by the ABMS or AOA are eligible for recertification through the BCR.

For more information about the eligibility requirements for board certification in diagnostic radiology, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.