ABPS Radiation Oncology Board Certification Eligibility Requirements

Radiation OncologyAmong the many benefits of earning radiation oncology board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and the Board of Certification of Radiology (BCR) is the ability of successful candidates to present themselves to the public and potential employers as highly competent, experienced, and knowledgeable medical specialists in radiation oncology.

Of course, before achieving radiation oncology board certification, a potential candidate must first meet the base-line eligibility requirements for all Member Boards of the ABPS, as well as the requirements specific to this particular specialty. The eligibility requirements that apply specifically to potential candidates in radiation oncology include, but are not limited to:

  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 program or an AOA-accredited internship
  • Completion of an ACGME or AOA-accredited residency in diagnostic radiology

In addition, applicants for radiation oncology board certification examinations must adhere to the general requirements demanded of all ABPS Member Boards. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • A valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state or states where the applicant practices diagnostic radiology
  • Conforming to the ABPS Code of Ethics
  • Graduation from a recognized college of medicine
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae that includes medical school experiences and the degree earned (in chronological order)
  • Three current, original letters of recommendation from physicians in the applicant’s community or specialty written on letterhead and including a phone number for the writer
  • Submission of a self-query in the national Practitioner Data Bank, with the sealed report in an unopened envelope
  • Submission to a background check performed by the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc., which is the parent company of the ABPS

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for applying to the ABPS for radiation oncology board certification, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body for the AAPS.


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