The ACR In-service examinations

These examinations are taken in January 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.

The Board examinations

To become certified by the American Board of Radiology, a candidate must complete a clinical year and a 4 year ACGME Radiology Residency.  Among the curricular requirements are completion of 4 months of nuclear medicine and 3 months of mammography training (Please see the ABR web site for additional information). Beginning with the first class at Advent Health, the American Board of Radiology requires the new examinations:

Core Exam

Taken 36 months after the beginning of radiology residency training Image-rich, computer-based exam, 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.