Oral Exam

Diagnostic Radiology Oral Exam Information

Applicants for certification in diagnostic radiology will be examined in the following subsections:

  • Neuroradiology
  • Vascular/Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Genitourinary Tract
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine

Each subsection is 20 minutes long.

Format

The total examination period is four and one-half (4 1/2) hours. Approximately 7 to 10 cases will be presented at each oral film interpretation station. Each case will be presented with minimal or no history. Candidates are instructed to respond to each case as follows:

  • Description of study
  • Location of pathology
  • Description of pathology
  • Differential diagnoses
  • Most likely diagnosis
  • Work-up questions

Reexamination

Failures:
A candidate who fails the oral examinations may be reexamined the following year. A request for reexamination must be submitted in writing to the AOBR by December 1 prior to the oral examinations the following spring. The oral examinations are offered once a year.

A candidate who fails to pass at least seven oral subsections at a single sitting must repeat the complete oral examinations at the next scheduled date. If after three opportunities the candidate fails to pass or condition the oral examinations, he/she may reenter the certification process by submitting a new application, fee, and and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat the entire examination in Diagnostic Radiology, both the Physics and Diagnostic Imaging written examinations and the oral examinations. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled oral examination will be regarded as one of the three opportunities.

Conditions:
A candidate is identified as conditioning if he/she passes a minimum of seven of the ten oral subsections. The candidate must pass the reexamination in the failed subsections to remove the condition.

A candidate who conditions the oral examinations may be reexamined the following year. A request for reexamination must be submitted in writing to the AOBR by December 1 prior to the oral examinations the following spring.

A candidate conditioning will have three additional consecutive opportunities to appear for and pass the failed subsections beginning with the oral examinations for which he/she is first declared admissible. If after three opportunities the candidate fails to pass all subsections, he/she may reenter the certification process by submitting a new application, fee, and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat the entire oral examination in Diagnostic Radiology at the next opportunity. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled oral examination will be regarded as one of the three consecutive opportunities.

The first attempt at the three opportunities to pass as a conditioned candidate occurs the first year a candidate takes one, two or three subsections only. Previous full oral examinations are not considered in the three opportunities as a conditioned candidate.

Cancellation

Cancellation is defined as canceling one of the three consecutive examination opportunities. Failure to appear for a scheduled examination willl be regarded as a cancellation. A cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellation received up to 20 days prior to the first day of the written examination. This fee represents administrative costs to the Board. Cancellation less than 20 days prior to the first day of the oral examination will result in forfeiture of the entire oral examination fee.