ABPS Diagnostic Radiology Board Certification Eligibility Requirements

Diagnostic RadiologyThe eligibility requirements for diagnostic radiology board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) include completion of an ACGME-accredited post-graduate year one (PGY-1) program or an AOA-accredited internship, as well as completion of an ACGME or AOA-accredited residency in diagnostic radiology.

In addition, board certification in diagnostic radiology through the Board of Certification in Radiology (BCR) carries the same stringent, but fair, eligibility requirements as every other Member Board of the ABPS. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Conforming to the ABPS Code of Ethics
  • Graduation from a recognized college of medicine
  • Ownership of a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state or states where the applicant practices diagnostic radiology
  • Three current, original letters of recommendation from physicians in the applicant’s community or specialty written on letterhead and including a phone number of the author
  • Submission of a self-query in the National Practitioner Data Bank, with the sealed report in an unopened envelope
  • Submission to a background check

The diagnostic radiology board certification exam is administered through written and oral tests. The exams enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in diagnostic radiology. Completing the diagnostic radiology board certification exams indicates mastery of diagnostic radiology experience and knowledge required to provide the best possible care for patients.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for this specialty, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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