Several examinations are taken during the residency training period.
ABR Board Examinations
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.
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.
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.