April 2017  · Volume 10, Issue 2
From the Editor
Volunteers Meet for Training in Tucson
by Lane F. Donnelly, MD
 
2017;10[2]:24
 
One of my favorite movie quotes is from the 1985 comedy Volunteers when Tom Hanks' character states, "It's not that I can't help these people. It's that I don't want to." Luckily, many of the ABR diplomates do not have this attitude.

Between March 4 and 9, 2017, approximately 150 volunteers traveled to the ABR headquarters in Tucson to participate in either an Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) Kick-Off Meeting or an Item Writing Training Session. Many of the new writers will be developing questions for OLA.  
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From the Executive Director
Thanks to Our Diverse Group of Volunteers!
by Valerie P. Jackson, MD
 
2017;10[2]:25-26
 
The ABR could not fulfill its mission without the hard work of our many volunteers. We have approximately 900 diplomates who give their time--without any pay--to write questions, develop our examinations, and serve on our various committees. Our board members and officers also give freely of their time, without remuneration. Why do they do this? One reason is the priceless satisfaction that comes with doing something good for our profession--what could be more important than ensuring the high quality of those certified by the ABR?
 
Where do our volunteers come from? They are from all over the United States and from all types of practices. All have busy "day jobs" and little free time. Yet when we recently asked for a large number of new volunteers for our Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) project, we had an overwhelming response. A fantastic mix of practice settings was represented, and many of our new volunteers are beginning their first experience with the ABR outside of taking our exams.  
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Focus on Maintenance of Certification
Public Reporting
by Vincent P. Mathews, MD
 
2017;10[2]:27-28
 
Your ABR certificate suggests to the public that you have undergone rigorous training and passed examinations to demonstrate that you have the requisite knowledge to practice radiology. Participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) demonstrates your further commitment to maintaining a current state of knowledge in the years following your training. 

More and more patients are searching for their physicians' credentials on the Internet. In addition, our practices and hospitals require many of us to provide evidence of our initial certification and MOC participation, particularly through the credentialing process. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has a website, www.certificationmatters.org, which members of the public, including credentialers, can use to determine if a physician has been certified by one of the 24 ABMS member boards. The ABR also provides access to a tool on its public website (www.theabr.org) that anyone can use to determine if a radiologist has been certified by the ABR and is active in the ABR's MOC program.

A short instructional video on how to use the ABR Certification Verification tool is available here.
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Focus on RO Residents
Integrating Residents in ABR Radiation Oncology Program Development
by Paul E. Wallner, DO, and Lynn D. Wilson, MD, MPH
 
2017;10[2]:29
 
As candidates on the path toward Initial Certification (IC) and, subsequently, diplomates participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC), residents in training represent one of the most important groups of ABR stakeholders. As such, the ABR radiation oncology trustees have taken a number of steps to integrate this highly motivated cohort of early career physicians into the ABR's program development process.
 
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) radiation oncology review committee (RO RC) has a permanent seat for a physician in training in radiation oncology, nominated by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO). This position is usually assigned to a PGY-4 trainee who can serve for a minimum of two years, until graduating from his or her program. The ARRO RC member is directly involved in program accreditation and review, curriculum development, and establishment of program requirements.
Focus on Diagnostic Radiology
ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment for Diagnostic Radiology
by Kay H. Vydareny, MD
 
2017;10[2]:30-31
 
The ABR has made a series of improvements to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program recently, including expanded opportunities for meeting the requirements of Part 4 by giving credit for activities that diplomates are already performing as part of their practices or voluntary professional efforts (see www.theabr.org/moc-part4-activities). However, the biggest modification to MOC is still in process. 

As most have heard, the ABR is modifying MOC Part 3 (Cognitive Expertise) with a pilot program. The 10-year MOC Exam will be replaced by ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment (ABR OLA). As the name suggests, this assessment will be taken online rather than in ABR examination centers, and it will be a continuous, rather than episodic, assessment. Although all the details of this project are not known at this time, this article will answer some common questions that we have been asked. 

To read the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions, click on "Read More" below.
Focus on Interventional Radiology
The Oral Component of the IR/DR Certifying Examination
by Anne C. Roberts, MD
 
2017;10[2]:32-33
 
The first Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) Certifying Examination will be offered October 15-16, 2017, at the ABR's Tucson Exam Center. This exam will replace the previous Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) subspecialty oral examination. The examination will consist of an oral component and a computer-based component.
 
Candidates taking this examination who are already certified in diagnostic radiology will only be required to take the oral component. Those who are not certified in diagnostic radiology will take the oral component in addition to the computer-based component, which includes one Essentials of Diagnostic Radiology module and one Interventional module.
Focus on Medical Physics
ABR Medical Physics Volunteers: A Note of Thanks
by Geoffrey Ibbott, PhD; Jerry Allison, PhD; Matthew Podgorsak, PhD; and J. Anthony Seibert, PhD

2017;10[2]:34-36

Introduction
The American Board of Radiology (ABR) could not function without a large and diverse group of hard-working volunteers. Presently, there are approximately 900 volunteers, including 180 medical physicists. Physics is an integral part of almost all ABR examinations, and without the many medical physics volunteers, production of the exams would not be possible. ABR volunteers write physics content for exams listed in the following table.

Medical Physics
Diagnostic Radiology and IR/DR*
Radiation Oncology
Part 1 - Clinical Certifying Physics
Part 1 General RISE**
Part 2 - DMP

Part 2 - NMP

Part 2 - TMP

Oral - DMP

Oral - NMP

Oral - TMP

OLA*** - DMP

OLA*** - NMP

OLA*** - TMP


*IR/DR candidates also take the Core Exam and part of the Certifying Exam.
**Radioisotope Safety Exam
***Online Longitudinal Assessment, which is currently under development and will  eventually replace the traditional 10-year Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam. 

After each question is written, it is reviewed by a group of medical physicists before it is accepted into a pool of available physics questions. This pool of questions is used by another group of ABR volunteers to assemble content for each of the examinations. 
Announcements
ABR Appoints New Governor and Six New Trustees

2017;10[2]:37-38

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has appointed Robert M. Barr, MD, to serve on its Board of Governors, effective October 23, 2017. He will fill the position of secretary-treasurer currently held by Geoffrey S. Ibbott, PhD. Dr. Barr is an ABR-certified diagnostic radiologist with a subspecialty certificate in neuroradiology who is currently in private practice at Mecklenburg Radiology Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also a member of the Physician Executive Team of Presbyterian Hospital in  Charlotte. He was recently  elected to be American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) vice president and will ascend to the ASNR presidency after two years.

Anne M. Covey, MD; Brian J. Davis, MD, PhD; Patricia H. Hardenbergh, MD; Kalpana M. Kanal, PhD; and Christopher P. Wood, MD, will join the ABR Board of Trustees, also effective October 23, 2017. Matthew B. Podgorsak, PhD, joined the Board of Trustees on February 1, 2017. 

For more information about these new trustees, click on "Read More" below.
ASNR Awards 2017 Gold Medal to ABR Trustee Robert D. Zimmerman, MD
 
2017;10[2]:39

The American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) has selected Robert D. Zimmerman, MD, FACR, as its 2017 Gold Medal recipient. Dr. Zimmerman is from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York. The medal will be presented during ASNR's annual meeting in late April.
 
Dr. Zimmerman is an outstanding clinician and academician. A major reason he chose a career in academic radiology was the opportunity to participate in resident and fellow training. He has served as residency director and/or vice chair for education at Weill Cornell for more than 15 years. Dr. Zimmerman's expertise in educational issues led him to take on a leading role in the revision of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Training Standards for ASNR. During his tenure on the Residency Review Committee, he was selected to represent neuroradiology as a trustee of the American Board of Radiology, for which he chaired the Neuroradiology Oral Examination Committee for eight years.
Spotlight on an MOC Participant

2017;10[2]:40-41


In this issue of The BEAM, we shine our spotlight on Daniel G. Petereit, MD, FASTRO, a radiation oncologist at Rapid City Regional Cancer Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. 
He has also been the principal investigator on several NIH grants since 2002, addressing cancer disparities among the American Indian population in the Northern Plains.
 
Dr. Petereit comes from a medical family--his mother and sister are nurses and his father is a radiologist. In medical school and during his first year of internal medicine, he was drawn to radiation oncology by the patient interactions, the biology of cancer, and the opportunity to potentially make a difference with a dreaded disease.
 
When we asked him how his specialty meets or differs from his expectations, Dr. Petereit said, "While I started out in primary care, radiation oncology has more than met my expectations with patient interactions--a huge societal dilemma with the burden of cancer; surgical opportunities with a robust brachytherapy practice; and research opportunities. 
ABR Announces New Logo
2017;10[2]:42


 
In this issue of The BEAM, you may have noticed that the ABR has a new logo. Although it is similar to our previous logo, we view this new version as a symbol of the change and forward-moving initiatives we are undergoing at the ABR, which we hope will benefit our candidates and diplomates.
 
We are also hard at work on a new public website ( www.theabr.org), which will emphasize a streamlined navigation structure and ease of use. Again, our goal is to improve our communication and services for ABR candidates and diplomates. We plan to launch the new site this summer - stay tuned for more information!
List of Society Attendance
2017;10[2]:43

 

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 2017, please click here

Thank you. . .

 

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