Oral Exam

Radiation Oncology Oral Exam Information

Applicants for certification in radiation oncology will be examined in the following areas:

  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Gynecologic Malignancies
  • Genitourinary Tract
  • Lymphoma/Leukemia
  • Head, Neck, and Skin
  • Breast
  • Central Nervous System and Pediatric Malignancies
  • Lung and Mediastinum, Soft Tissue and Bone

Format

The oral examination is scheduled at a time and location designated by the Board for a period of approximately five hours (5) hours.

Reexamination

Failures:
A candidate who fails the oral examinations may be reexamined the followin year 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.

The oral examination consists of eight subsections. A candidate who fails to pass at least six oral subsections at a single sitting must repeat the complete oral examinations at the next scheduled date. A candidate will have three consecutive opportunities to appear for and pass or condition the oral examination, beginning with the oral examination for which he/she is first declared admissible. If after three opportunities a candidate fails to pass or condition the oral examinations, he/she must submit a new application, fee and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat the complete examination in Radiation Oncology, both the written examinations in Radiobiology, Physics and Clinical 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 six of the eight 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. The oral examinations are offered once a year.

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 Radiation Oncology 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 or two 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.