January 2017  · Volume 10, Issue 1
Attention ABR Diplomates:

Don't forget to complete your MOC annual attestation in myABR no later than March 1, 2017.  
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From the Editor
My Experience Taking the "Last" MOC Traditional Proctored Examination
by Lane F. Donnelly, MD
As has been recently announced [1, 2], the ABR is in the process of developing a pilot of an online longitudinal assessment (ABR OLA) to replace the 10-year traditional proctored examination for meeting the Maintenance of Certification Part 3 requirement. The ABR OLA pilot will be rolled out initially for diagnostic radiology. With the OLA model, diplomates will receive weekly emails with links to question opportunities relevant to their registered practice profiles. For convenience, questions may be answered singly or, for a reasonable time, in small batches. After opening a web-based question, diplomates will be allowed a limited amount of time, appropriate to the question, to answer. Once they answer, they will be given feedback as to whether they are correct, along with a brief explanation and at least one reference [2].  
From the President
We're Here for You
by Lisa A. Kachnic, MD
On October 27, 2016, I took on a new challenge in my professional life when I became president of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). It is indeed an honor and a privilege to lead our team of governors, trustees, and staff in continuously improving the professional standards of our disciplines through certification of our candidates and diplomates.  Most importantly, it's my utmost charge to ensure that we at the ABR are always here for you.

I'm glad to say that I've enjoyed working as an ABR volunteer for many years. As a radiation oncologist, I chaired item writing in gastrointestinal oncology for both the Initial Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exams. I then became an ABR trustee in 2010 and president-elect in 2014, and have served on numerous Board committees. As a result, I've learned a great deal about all four ABR disciplines. I recently told our executive director, Val Jackson, that I may know more about diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, and medical physics than any other radiation oncologist! I've also seen "up close" how much time our governors, trustees, and all of our approximately 900 ABR volunteers devote to their work, and how dedicated they all are. I'd like to thank each of our volunteer board members (past and present) for preparing me for my current role as your president.
Focus on Diagnostic Radiology
Redesigned 16-Month ABR Pathway
Leads to Certifications in Both Diagnostic and Nuclear Radiology
by M. Elizabeth Oates, MD, and Milton J. Guiberteau, MD
The purpose of this column is to inform the academic community that the ABR has approved conditions and requirements for a redesigned 16-month pathway within any Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited 48-month diagnostic radiology (DR) residency program. Effective July 1, 2016, this redesigned pathway leads to dual eligibility for primary certification in DR and subspecialty certification in nuclear radiology (NR). Resident applications and program sponsorship agreements will be available soon.  
Focus on Maintenance of Certification
Update on ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment
by Vincent P. Mathews, MD, and Donald P. Frush, MD
Last May, the ABR announced that it would develop a pilot to establish a new MOC Part 3 assessment. This new product, known as ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment (ABR OLA), will replace the secure, proctored MOC Examination that was previously required every 10 years. ABR OLA will continue to support a meaningful credential, ensuring diplomatcompetence for patients and thpublic. It will also have many advantages for ABR diplomates:  
  • A continuous online process with much greater flexibility
  • Elimination of travel expenses and time away from family and work
  • Increase in the relevance of MOC Part 3 to diplomate practice
  • Immediate feedback so diplomates can eliminate any gaps in knowledge
Focus on Residents
Strategies for Success:
Preparing for the Physics Portion of the Diagnostic Radiology Core Examination
Why, What, How, and When?
by Donald J. Flemming, MD
Why physics?
A strong foundation in knowledge and understanding of imaging physics is clearly important in the field of diagnostic radiology (DR). This foundation allows the clinical radiologist to optimize image acquisition, keep radiation dose as low as possible, assess equipment for purchasing, and counsel patients about the relative risk of radiation. Understanding of imaging physics separates DR from the numerous other clinical specialties that use imaging in daily practice. In recognition of its importance in the practice of clinical radiology, physics has a significant footprint on the Core Examination.
Studying for the physics portion of the Core Examination can be challenging. This subject matter is not frequently discussed during daily work or typical clinically oriented lectures. As a result, the learner does not have a chance to refresh his or her memory, test theories, or participate in guided discussion about difficult concepts. Therefore, it is critically important that residents organize their approach to this material. 
Focus on Radiation Oncology
Gearing Up forABR OLA
by Paul E. Wallner, DO; Kaled M. Alektiar, MD; and Lynn D. Wilson, MD, MPH

The conceptualization of ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment (ABR OLA), a web-based product, and its rollout to radiation oncology diplomates has presented a favorable challenge for the radiation oncology (RO) trustees regarding clinical category volunteer committee logistics and ABR OLA item development. These eight RO committees were reorganized in 2012. Since then, they have functioned smoothly in developing items for the Initial Certification (IC) written qualifying examination and the certifying oral examination development, as well as in populating Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 3 content. Each committee has functioned with two co-chairs--one for written examination content and implementation and one for oral examination case content and administration. Committees also have a designated trustee liaison. With finalization of the conceptual framework for ABR OLA, it became clear that another modification of the committee structure would be essential to ensure a steady flow of new ABR OLA content and to maintain quality and consistency of that content.
Focus on Medical Physics
A Short History of ABR Initial Certification in Medical Physics
by Geoffrey Ibbott, PhD; Jerry Allison, PhD; Michael Herman, PhD; and J. Anthony Seibert, PhD


The year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the certification of medical physicists by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) began certifying medical physicists in 1934, and in the early 1940s, the logic of the situation dictated that the process be transferred to the ABR. This was delayed by the war but was finally accomplished in 1947. Since that time, the ABR has certified more than 5,269 diplomates in medical physics. The ABR is one of two American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards that certify diplomates who are not physicians.1

ABR Executive Director and Former Executive Director Honored with Endowed Professorships


The Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences has announced four endowed professorships to honor Valerie P. Jackson, MD, FACR, executive director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR); Gary J. Becker, MD, DABR, FSIR, FACC, FACR, former executive director of the ABR; Dean. D. T. Maglinte, MD, FACR, FSAR; and Heun Yune, MD, FACR. Each honoree has a long history of excellence at Indiana University School of Medicine.
The endowed professorships were made possible through an endowment as part of the Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. Four $1 million contributions were made to perpetuate the legacy of the faculty members' contributions to the department.
2017 SIR Gold Medal to be Awarded to ABR Trustee Jeanne M. LaBerge, MD


The American Board of Radiology (ABR) congratulates Jeanne M. LaBerge, MD, FSIR, an ABR trustee for interventional radiology, who will be honored with the Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR's) Gold Medal on March 5, 2017.

The SIR Gold Medal was established in 1996 and is the highest honor that can be achieved in the field of interventional radiology. This honor is bestowed for excellence and lifetime achievement in interventional radiology to individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the field. Gold Medal recipients exemplify those who have dedicated their past and present talents to advancing the quality of patient care through the practice of interventional radiology and who, by their outstanding achievements, also help ensure the future of the field.
Stephen M. Hahn, MD, Selected to Serve on ACGME's
Radiation Oncology Residency Review Committee


Stephen M. Hahn, MD, ABR trustee for radiation oncology, has been selected to represent the American Board of Radiology (ABR) on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) radiation oncology Residency Review Committee (RRC). His term will begin in July 2017.

The ACGME accredits sponsoring institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education. The ACGME employs best practices, research, and advancements across the continuum of medical education to demonstrate its dedication to enhancing health care and graduate medical education. The ACGME is committed to improving the patient care delivered by resident and fellow physicians today, and in their future independent practice, and to doing so in clinical learning environments characterized by excellence in care, safety, and professionalism.
List of Society Attendance


The ABR sponsors a booth at numerous society meetings throughout the year. Printed materials are available, and ABR representatives are in attendance to answer your questions. To see a list of society meetings at which the ABR plans to have a booth in 2016 and 2017, please click here

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