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Getting your certification as a Radiologist is a two part process, taking the Core Exam and then the Certifying Exam. 36 months after you begin your radiology residency training, you qualify to take the Core Exam. This exam validates that you have acquired the knowledge, skills and basic understandings in the entire field of radiology as well as physics. It is an image-rich, computer-based exam that tests your knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, all aspects of diagnostic radiology and physics concepts. Eighteen categories are included in the blueprint for this exam: Breast Imaging, Cardiac, GI, Interventional, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatrics, Physics, Reproductive Endocrinology, Radioisotope Safety Exam, Thoracic, Ultrasound, Urinary, Vascular, Computed tomography, Magnetic resonance and Radiography/fluoroscopy. The Core Exam includes one of the requirements for Authorized User Eligibility Status on a portion of the RISE exam. Even though physics is evaluated as a component in the scoring, there is not a separate exam for it. Each category will have physics questions incorporated into them and your performance on the entire set is how you will be graded. If you fail 1-5 of the categories, you must repeat the exams in those categories. If you fail more than five, the entire exam must be repeated.
Once you have passed the Core exam and fifteen months after completing your diagnostic radiology residency, you will be eligible to take the Certifying Exam. The purpose of this exam is to validate that you have acquired and are able to apply the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding that every practicing physician and radiologist should possess and should possess themselves in order to begin independent practice. The Certifying Exam is also an image-rich, computer-based exam that emphasizes synthesis of information, differential diagnosis and patient management. It takes about 5 hours to complete and consists of five modules. Two modules are required and three are selected by the individual based on their training, experience and practice emphasis. The first required module is Noninterpretive Skills which covers general topics of importance such as radiation safety, being able to recognize and manage contrast reactions, error prevention, communication skills and ethics. The second required module is Essentials of Diagnostic Radiology which will test your basic knowledge in being able to recognize child abuse, pneumothorax, shock bowel and subdural hematoma. These two modules must be passed individually while the three electives must be passed as a group. If any of these three are failed, you will be required to retake the entire exam. The second portion of your RISE exam will be included. Your score for this will include the section you completed in the Core Exam. This result will not influence the pass/fail result for the Certifying Exam. Once you have passed these two exams, you will have earned your title of a certified Radiologist.
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The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Radiology CME info found here.