Got ABR Certification Questions? Time for Answers

This post was contributed by Timothy L. Swan, MD, FACR, FSIR, a board-certified interventional radiologist, who is the Speaker of the ACR Council and a member of the ACR Board of Chancellors.

Swan_TOn Oct. 15, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) will issue the new Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) certificate.

It will replace the ABR Diagnostic Radiology specialty certificate and the Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) subspecialty certificate that interventional radiologists now hold.

The ABR announced that VIR certificate holders must:

  1. Convert DR and VIR certificates to a new IR/DR certificate; or
  2. Opt out and retain only their DR certificate

And, like me, I’m sure you have questions.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) recognized the significant impact and potential risks to practicing interventional radiologists by the ABR’s change in certification of interventional radiologists. The College has invited ABR representatives to provide details of the ABR’s upcoming certification changes and to answer member questions.

The ACR is hosting a Sept. 22 webinar at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) to give you an opportunity to ask ABR representatives questions about the changes. Register to attend the ACR webinar.

I’ll moderate the webinar. ACR participants include Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, Vice Speaker of the ACR Council; Philip S. Cook, MD, FACR, FSIR; and Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FACR, FSIR, FAHA.

Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) President Suresh Vedantham, MD, FSIR, will join the webinar, along with ABR representatives John Kaufman, MD, FSIR; Anne Roberts, MD, FACR, FSIR; and Valerie Jackson, MD, FACR.

Below are additional resources for your use: 

Can’t make our webinar? The ACR will record the webinar and provide its link so you may access it at your convenience.

You may submit questions for the ACR webinar via Facebook, Twitter and on Engage (login required) or in the comments section (below).

Please note that only ABR diplomates who hold a VIR Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) are affected; the DR certificate and other subspecialty CAQs held by everyone else remain unchanged.

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