Forecasting the Effect of the Change in Timing of the ABR Diagnostic Radiology Examinations: Results of the ACR Survey of Practice Leaders

J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 May;12(5):495-500. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.02.012. Epub 2015 Feb 27.


The results of a survey sent to practice leaders in the ACR Practice of Radiology Environment Database show that the majority of responding groups will continue to hire recently trained residents and fellows even though they have been unable to take the final ABR diagnostic radiology certifying examination. However, a significant minority of private practice groups will not hire these individuals. The majority of private practices expect the timing change for the ABR certifying examinations to affect their groups' function. In contrast, the majority of academic medical school practices expect little or no impact. Residents and fellows should not expect work time off or protected time to study for the certifying examination or for their maintenance of certification examinations in the future.

Keywords: Board certification; board eligibility; employment; private practice of radiology; radiology; radiology employment.

MeSH terms

  • Certification / statistics & numerical data*
  • Certification / trends
  • Forecasting*
  • Leadership*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / statistics & numerical data*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / trends
  • Radiology / standards*
  • Radiology / trends
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Workforce