skip to Cookie NoticeSkip to contents

Your health and safety remain our top priority: Learn about our Safe Care Commitment | Use our Prescreen app before arrival for faster entry | Read the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Header Skipped.

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Examinations

Several examinations are taken during the residency training period.

ABR Board Examinations

Radiology residency exam of the future timeline

Core Exam

Taken 36 months after the beginning of radiology residency training, this two-day, image-rich, computer-based exam is administered by the ABR at testing centers in Chicago and Tucson. The exam tests knowledge and comprehension of anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnostic radiology, and physics. Physics is scored separately and must be passed to pass the exam.

Certifying Exam

Taken 15 months after completion of diagnostic radiology residency, this image-rich, computer-based exam is administered by the ABR twice a year at testing centers in Chicago and Tucson. The exam consists of four modules, including essentials of diagnostic radiology and an additional three clinical practice modules, which are selected by the individual based on training, experience, and practice emphasis.

Radiology Residency Board Examinations

OSCE Examinations

OSCEs are taken at the end of each of the first year rotations, and 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.

ACR In-Training Examinations

Taken in January of the R1, R2, and R3 years, this examination is used as a monitor of the resident’s performance in each of 13 areas (Breast, Chest, Cardiac, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Vascular Interventional, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Radiology, Pediatric, Ultrasound, General Competency, and Physics). These examinations are used to provide feedback to the resident to determine areas in need of additional study.


For over a century, a leader in patient care, medical education and research, with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.

About BWH