About the BCR’s Radiation Oncology Exam for Board Certification

Radiation OncologyThe examination for the Board of Certification in Radiology (BCR) provides the opportunity for qualified specialists in Radiation Oncology to earn physician board certification in their chosen specialty. It is presented in written and oral form. The clinically based written exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. The oral portion consists of five case studies that are designed to test a candidate’s ability to diagnose and prescribe treatment for patients who require therapeutic intervention.

The written portion of the Radiation Oncology exam is broken down into 31 topics and subtopics. The topics include:

  • Benign diseases
  • Breast
  • Central nervous system
  • Gastro-intestinal tract
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Head and neck
  • Physics
  • Radiobiology
  • Urology
  • And more

The five case studies presented in the oral portion of the Radiation Oncology examination will be drawn from real-life and/or hypothetical cases. The conditions covered might include lung cancer, lymphoma, breast cancer, sarcoma, central nervous system cancer, genitourinary cancer, or gynecologic caner. The examinee will be scored based on inquiries about and responses to:

  • Patient history
  • Patient physical condition
  • Requested lab tests and diagnostic exams
  • Patient management

To learn more about the details of the BCR examination, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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