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Board Certification

For up-to-date information about the initial qualifying and certifying examinations in radiation oncology please visit the website of The American Board of Radiology (ABR).

ABR Study Guidelines and References

Produced by the American Board of Radiology

Study Guide for Radiation and Cancer Biology
Study Guide for Medical Physics for Radiation Oncology

Clinical Radiation Oncology

ASTRO Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guide/Practice Examination

Produced by the ASTRO Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guide Task Force

2019 Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guide
2017 Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guide
2016 Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guide
2015 Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guide


ASTRO Core Physics Curriculum

Produced by the ASTRO Physics Core Curriculum Subcommittee

The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2015 Core Physics Curriculum for Radiation Oncology Residents (Burmeister et al, IJROBP, 2015)
ASTRO Physics Core Curriculum Subcommittee Report and Recommended Medical Physics Didactic Course Structure
ASTRO’s 2015 Physics Curriculum for Residents (Appendix)


ARRO Recommendations for Preparation for the Initial Certification Examinations in Radiation and Cancer Biology (RCB) and Medical Physics (MP)

Textbooks

Choose one of the textbooks listed as a primary reference in each and try to focus on mastering the material in one resource.

Radiation and Cancer Biology
  • Hall EJ and Giaccia AJ. Radiobiology for the Radiologist, 8th Edition, 2018, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Phila., Pa
  • Joiner MC and van der Kogel, AJ, Basic Clinical Radiobiology, 5th Edition, 2018, CRC Press
Medical Physics
  • McDermott, P and Orton, C. The Physics and Technology of Radiation Therapy. Madison, WI: Medical Physics Publishing; 2010

Review Courses

If you feel like you would benefit from an outside preparatory course, consider asking your program director or chiefs about how you might attend:
  1. University of Maryland - Annual Dr. Karl Prado Physics and Radiobiology Review Course
  2. Allan J. Caggiano, MS, DABR - A Review in Radiation Oncology Physics

Other Study Resources

There are other study resources and question-based reviews that many residents have found helpful! Our favorites include:
  1. ASTRO Radiation and Cancer Biology Study Guides
  2. ASTRO Physics Core Curriculum
  3. RAPHEX Examinations
  4. RadOncQuestions.com
  5. Radiobiology Self-Assessment Guide, Jennifer Yu (2016)
  6. Physics in Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide (Xia, 2015)