Diagnostic Radiology Residency Examinations

Several examinations are taken during the residency training period.

The ACR In-Training Examinations

These examinations are taken in February during each year of residency and are useful monitors of a resident's performance in each of 12 areas (Pediatrics, Chest, Nuclear Medicine, Musculoskeletal, General competency, GU, US, Breast, GI, Cardiac, Interventional, and Neuroradiology).  These examinations should be used as guides to determine areas in need of additional study.

OSCE Examinations

The department (under the guidance of Dr. Di Salvo) has developed on line tests in each of the major first year rotations. The test is administered in the third week of a 4 week rotation and is then reviewed with the resident by a staff member.  These tests are used as monitors of successful learning during a rotation and help identify areas for further study.  

The Board Examinations

New board criteria timeline and information found at http://www.theabr.org/present/overview_changes_2.pdf.

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Core Exam

Taken 36 months after the beginning of radiology residency training, an Image-rich, computer-based exam, is administered at regional testing centers. The exam will test knowledge and comprehension of anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnostic radiology, and physics. All sections will be part of the two-day exams. Physics will be integrated. Candidate must pass each category in the Core Exam to achieve a “pass” for the entire examination. Physics will be separately scored as a category and must be passed. A condition exam will be offered at 6-month intervals.

Certifying Exam

Taken 15 months after completion of diagnostic radiology residency Image-rich, computer-based exam administered at regional testing centers There will be five modules on the exam. Three modules are selected by the individual, and content is based on his or her training profile, experience, and planned practice emphasis. Two modules must be completed as designed by the ABR:

  1. Non-interpretive skills: This refers to general topics of importance to the practice of radiology, such as radiation safety, recognition and management of contrast reactions, error prevention, communication skills, professionalism, ethics, and other aspects of practice.

  2. Essentials of Diagnostic Radiology: The content includes basic knowledge that every radiologist should know, such as recognizing child abuse, pneumothorax, shock bowel, subdural, etc.

Key Points

Post-Core-Exam residency training (4th year of radiology) will offer opportunities for continued study in all of diagnostic radiology, or greater depth of study in specific areas. The Certifying Exam is based on each candidate selecting areas related to his or her training/practice profile. Affects entry class of 2010, with first Core Exam given in October 2013 and first Certifying Exam given in 2015.

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