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.

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

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.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
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.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine