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The Evolution of the ABR Certification Program to Its Current State

M Podgorsak1*, K Kanal2*, R Pooley3*, (1) Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, (2) University Washington, Seattle, WA, (3) Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL


(Thursday, 7/16/2020) 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

Room: Track 6

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) is a member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which was formed in 1933. The early days of the ABMS will be described, along with how the ABR fit into the overall initial concept of Board certification.

The evolution of the ABR’s initial certification (IC) program for medical physicists over the past 90 years will then be described. The current educational and experiential requirements and the current exam structure for initial certification will be presented.

Finally, the current state of the ABR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) initiatives will be described, along with a brief overview of the status of the on-line longitudinal assessment (OLA) program.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the motivation for the development of professional certification
2. Learn about the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
3. Learn about the early days of the ABR and some of the early Diplomates
4. Learn about the original development of the ABR IC program
5. Understand the changes that have occurred over the years
6. Be familiar with the current ABR IC requirements
7. Identify factors that lead to the design and implementation of the original ABR MOC program
8. Explain the process for how the ABR MOC program is reviewed and improved
9. Describe changes to the ABR MOC program since original implementation



Board Certification, Profession, History


Leadership: External Affairs

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