Redesign of the American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology Certifying Examination

David B. Larson, Donald J. Flemming, Robert M. Barr, Cheri L. Canon, Desiree E. Morgan

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On April 13, 2023, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) announced plans to replace the current computer-based diagnostic radiology (DR) certifying examination with a new oral examination to be administered remotely, beginning in 2028. This article describes the planned changes and the process that led to those changes. In keeping with its commitment to continuous improvement, the ABR gathered input regarding the DR initial certification process. Respondents generally agreed that the qualifying (core) examination was satisfactory but expressed concerns regarding the computer-based certifying examination’s effectiveness and impact on training. Examination redesign was conducted using input from key groups with a goal of effectively evaluating competence and incentivizing study behaviors that best prepare candidates for radiology practice. Major design elements included examination structure, breadth and depth of content, and timing. The new oral examination will focus on critical findings as well as common and important diagnoses routinely encountered in all diagnostic specialties, including radiology procedures. Candidates will first be eligible for the examination in the calendar year after residency graduation. Additional details will be finalized and announced in coming years. The ABR will continue to engage with interested parties throughout the implementation process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-693
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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