The Board Certification Examination for radiation oncology is administered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).
The written examination covers physics, radiobiology and clinical
oncology, while the oral examination tests clinical management through
|One month after the PGY-4 year (optional).
||Written exam physics and radiobiology.
|One month after completing residency.
||Written exam clinical and/or physics, radiobiology.
|One year after completing residency.
Residents who have completed their third year of training in radiation oncology (PGY-4 year) and are designated by their program director can sit for the physics and radiobiology
sections of the written examination. If the resident passes either
physics or radiobiology, this section will not be re-tested during the
clinical portion of the written examination, taken one month after
completing residency. If the resident fails both the physics or
radiobiology sections, he or she will be tested on physics, radiobiology
and clinical sections one month after residency. Approximately one
year after completion of residency, provided that all sections of the
written examination have been passed, the physician will be eligible
to take the oral examination in radiation oncology.
The radiation oncology board examination
application is downloadable in .pdf format (available July through
October only) on the ABR website.
Please note that residents are now required to initially register for
their ABR examinations in the PGY2 (R1) year. PGY3 and PGY4 residents
will register this year as well.
The written examination is computer based
and consists of 325 to 425 questions per section. Areas tested in the
written examination are the physics of radiation therapy, cancer and
radiation biology, and clinical oncology. Questions will all be
multiple choice; there will be no true or false or matching type
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For specific information regarding testing fees, dates and deadlines, please visit the ABR website.
For the written exam, the only a calculator
allowed is the computer calculator found on Windows. Beginning around
1996, American Board of Radiology certificates are 10-year,
time-limited certificates. The expiration date is December 31 of the
10th year following the date the certificate was awarded. The ABR has
an ongoing process to develop the Maintenance of Certification Program.
Although the ARRO executive committee has
attempted to summarize the process of board certification on this
page, we strongly urge you to visit the ABR website for updated
information. For any questions, please contact the ABR directly.