ABR Exams to Be Virtual

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person sitting while using laptop computer and green stethoscope nearAs a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) is moving all currently unscheduled and future oral and computer-based exams to virtual platforms beginning in the first half of 2021, which is the earliest the organization can confidently deliver these exams without potential delays. The ABR shared the following updates:

Diagnostic Radiology (DR)

For DR, the Core Exam will be administered remotely in February 2021 for the candidates who would have taken the 2020 exams and in June 2021 for the rising R3 candidates as originally planned. We will also use a virtual platform for the DR Certifying Exam, which will be administered twice in 2021. In addition, we will deliver the RISE and Subspecialty exams virtually in 2021. We will engage our various stakeholder groups to provide input on the final dates and details for these exams. 

Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR)

For IR/DR, the Core Exam will be administered remotely in February 2021 for the candidates who would have taken the 2020 exams and in June 2021 for the rising R3 candidates as originally planned. We will also use a virtual platform for both the written and oral portions of the IR/DR Certifying Exam, which will be administered twice in 2021. We will engage our various stakeholder groups to provide input on the final dates and details for these exams. 

Medical Physics (MP)

For MP, the Part 1 and Part 2 exams are still scheduled for Pearson VUE centers on December 7-8, 2020, with the expectation that Pearson VUE centers will be open at that time. However, we are watching the situation closely. In 2021, all MP Part 1 and Part 2 exams will be given virtually rather than at Pearson VUE centers. We will be administering all MP Part 3 exams as virtual oral exams, starting in the first half of 2021. We will engage our various stakeholder groups to provide input on the final dates and details for these exams. 

Radiation Oncology (RO)

For RO, the radiation biology and physics and clinical exams are still scheduled for Pearson VUE centers on December 7-8, 2020, with the expectation that Pearson VUE centers will be open at that time. However, we are watching the situation closely. In 2021, all RO qualifying exams will be given virtually rather than at Pearson VUE centers. We will be administering all RO oral certifying exams as virtual oral exams, starting in the first half of 2021. We will engage our various stakeholder groups to provide input on the final dates and details for these exams. 

We apologize for the disruption caused by these exam postponements. After further conversations with stakeholders, we will share final dates and virtual delivery methods for exams in the first half of 2021 by August 1, 2020, or sooner. We are committed to this new paradigm for future exams and look forward to working with our stakeholders on implementation. We thank you for your patience as we work together through this unprecedented public health challenge.

Anyone with questions may contact an ABR certification manager at information@theabr.org or (520) 790-2900.

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ABR Exams to Be Virtual.  Appl Rad Oncol. 

By News Release| June 23, 2020
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