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Board of Certification in Diagnostic Radiology

Board of Certification in RadiologyThe radiology board certification exams offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in diagnostic radiology. Successfully completing the diagnostic radiology board certification exams 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. In addition, the Board of Certification in Radiology (BCR) has its own eligibility requirements that include completion of a PGY-1 program or a residency in diagnostic radiology accredited by the ACGME, AOA, or the RCPSC.

After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass both a written and an oral exam in order to earn initial board certification in diagnostic radiology. Candidates must pass the written exam first before taking the oral component. Once granted, BCR certification is good for eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.

Certification entails a rigorous process, but it serves as a validation of the world-class expertise that positions BCR Diplomates as leaders in their fields. Furthermore, BCR certification:

  • Makes physicians more marketable to potential employers
  • Affords them more opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to higher earnings
  • Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues

BCR certification also benefits patients and the medical facilities that serve them by:

  • Giving patients peace of mind that their certified physicians are uniquely qualified to deliver first-rate medical care
  • Helping hospitals and other employers verify a physician’s credentials and identify physicians as ideal candidates for career opportunities
  • Conferring prestige on medical organizations that hire board-certified diagnostic radiologists

The BCR is a nationally recognized board in orthopedic surgery and has been certifying physicians since 1986. To maintain certification, our Diplomates must continue ongoing education, displaying a commitment to medical care that serves as a model for the American healthcare industry.

If you earned initial certification through the AOA or ABMS, you are eligible to recertify with the BCR. Click here to learn more.

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