Board of Certification in Diagnostic Radiology

Board of Certification in Diagnostic RadiologyThe diagnostic radiology board certification exams offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) allows successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in diagnostic radiology. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of diagnostic radiology skills and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in diagnostic radiology, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Radiology® (BCR®) has its own eligibility requirements that include:

  • Completing an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 program or an AOA-accredited accredited internship and a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the ACGME, the AOA, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • Submitting three letters of recommendation from physicians in the candidate’s community or specialty
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
  • Completing a self-query of the National Practitioner Data Bank and submitting the report. Get your self-query report here.

After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass both a written exam and an oral exam in order to earn board certification in diagnostic radiology. Candidates must pass the written exam in order to take the oral component. (The oral component is taken after the candidate has passed the written exam.) For information about dates and fees for the application and the exams, click here.

For the 2019 schedule, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in diagnostic radiology. Recognized as an ideal board certification option by the U.S. Department of Labor, the ABPS has Diplomates in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and BCR® Diplomates practice their specialty at some of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare institutions.

For more information about certification in diagnostic radiology through the BCR®, contact the ABPS today.

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The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

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Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

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