ABPS has been providing board certifications for more than 50 years.

Board of Certification in Diagnostic Radiology

Diagnostic Radiology Board Certification The 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 diagnostic radiology 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.

We're Committed to Matching Physician Recruiters to ABPS Board Certified Physicians

Medical recruiters can submit job openings to the ABPS Career Center free of charge. Openings are distributed digitally through the ABPS Career Bulletin, a trusted resource for ABPS board-certified physicians and other practitioners considering a career change. Physicians will be able to browse job openings by specialty. The ABPS performs this valuable service as part of our mission to help improve patient care throughout the country.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine