DR and IR radiology program directors will sign detailed checklist of requirements

Form A of the new Program Director Attestation from the ABR includes a detailed checklist related to compliance with NRC training and experience requirements

In March 2021, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) announced a detailed new attestation that radiology program directors will need to sign when residents graduate, related to nuclear medicine training. Compared with the relatively brief previous attestation, the new form contains 30+ checkboxes, including a higher level of detail on required curriculum elements. We cover the highlights below.

Specific curriculum elements

While the substance of this new checklist is unchanged from the original laws from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the move to a more explicit checklist highlights the importance of specific curriculum topics within the original NRC guidelines.

Here are some examples…


Expect questions to be segmented by topic

A sandcastle is relaxing to build, but nothing like the new remote Core Exam

April 21, 2021

The new remote-format Core Exam from the American Board of Radiology (ABR) contains the same content and scope as before, with the convenience of at-home testing. But there’s a tiny bit more under the surface.

Blocks of 30 questions

You’ll answer questions in sets of 30 questions. You are required to commit your answers after each set of 30 questions. The exam will prompt you to confirm that you’d like to lock in your answers.

Once your answers are locked in, you cannot go back and change your answers. …


New rules eliminate conditioning entirely

Headquarters of the American Board of Radiology in Tucson. Source: ABR

April 21, 2021

If you’re lining up to take the new remote Core Exam from the American Board of Radiology (ABR), new changes in the scoring policy will come with mixed feelings. Here are the most frequently asked questions from residents using Core Physics Review to prepare for the upcoming Core Exam.

How is the new remote Core Exam graded?

The Core Exam will now be graded as pass-fail, and no sections will be conditioned. Your total score will need to pass a minimum threshold.

What about Physics on the Core Exam?

Physics remains a major portion of the Core…


Do not allow logistics to be an issue on exam day

Checklists: if they’re good enough for pilots, they’re good enough for the new remote version of ABR exams.

Last updated: 04/21/21

Taking an exam from your room sounds straightforward, right? Well, hopefully. The American Board of Radiology (ABR) is moving its exams to remote format this cycle, including the Core Exam, Certifying Exam, and Interventional Radiology Exam. While you might know how to open a browser and answer multiple choice questions, making a checklist will help ensure that logistics don’t get in the way on exam day. The definitive guides to exam day are now released by the ABR, including: (1) Remote Exam Basics Guide and (2) Remote Core Exam Guide. …


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With further testing, gas appliance pressure regulators could provide each patient with their own personalized input pressures

July 7, 2020

While the FDA has approved adaptors to split ventilator tubing, this provides the same inspiratory pressure to both patients, and supporting multiple COVID-19 patients with a single ventilator requires the ability to supply different pressures to each patient that can be titrated on a daily basis.

COVID-19 is once again filling up intensive care units with patients in respiratory distress. While many countries now have better availability of ventilators relative to just two months prior, the prospect of ventilating more than one patient with a single ventilator remains a possibility in resource-constrained settings.

Now, a team from the Bay Area has demonstrated a safer way to ventilate two patients from a single ventilator, using gas appliance pressure regulators, which are inexpensive and widely available. The method applies commonly available pressure regulators connected to each of two inspiratory limbs, supplying different pressures to each…


Announcement delivered by the American Board of Radiology today includes radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics

The new virtual format is a welcome relief for residents, although VR goggles may not be involved.

June 22, 2020

Tucson — The American Board of Radiology (ABR) announced earlier today in an email to candidates and program directors that its board examinations will move to a virtual online format beginning in 2021. This represents a major shift for the organization from just weeks ago when the ABR leadership expressed reservations on moving to a virtual format. The news comes as a major victory for resident physicians and fellows in radiology and radiation oncology, including the newly formed Multispecialty Early Radiologic Career Coalition (MERCC). The full text of this announcement is included below.

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Multi-society consensus letter captures mounting frustration with COVID-related delays in high-stakes in-person board certification exam

The newly formed MERCC coalition aims to unite early career radiologists in common purpose.

June 8, 2020

Amidst the backdrop of a historical moment for a country struggling with the multifaceted consequences of global pandemic, resident physicians in radiology and early-career radiologists have organized around discontent with the American Board of Radiology (ABR) handling of delays related to COVID-19 and the Initial Certification (Core) Exam. The newly formed MERC Coalition has unified 10+ radiology professional societies in the common purpose of converging on a more practical solution to administration of the Core Exam.

Originally scheduled for May/June 2020, the Core Exam was subsequently shifted to November 2020, and now faces a tentative new date…


ABR alludes to possibility of future virtual exam

Lobby at the ABR Exam Center in Tucson. Source: ABR

Saturday, June 6, 2020

In its latest email correspondence yesterday to R3 (PGY-4) resident physicians across the United States facing uncertainty in their delayed Initial Certification (Core) Examination, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) has now alluded to the possibility of a future virtual exam, while reiterating lack of current capability in remote examination:

Therefore, we hope to offer an administration in Chicago and Tucson in February 2021 in the event we do not have a virtual option.

The use of the word “hope” suggests the February 2021 date remains tentative. The mention of a possible future virtual option represents…


Update sent moments ago by email to resident physicians

Lobby at the ABR Exam Center in Chicago. Source: ABR

June 3, 2020, 2pm ET / 1pm CT/ 11am PT

Tucson — In a breathtaking turn of events, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) has decided to further delay the Initial Certification (Core) Exam until 2021, with the exact exam date not otherwise specified. The November 2020 administration of the Core Exam, previously extended from the original May/June 2020 dates, has now been cancelled due to continued concerns about COVID-19.

See also: How to put your radiology CME credits on full autopilot

The ABR reiterated their position that remote delivery of the Core Exam was not a feasible alternative. The…

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