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News from the ABR - American Board of Radiology

The most recent issue of the Beam from the ABR (American Board of Radiology) offers new insights and news into the latest happenings in radiology, particularly related to MOC, board certification, and critical professional issues of radiology practice.

The Letter from the Editor consists of a statement of celebration (the ABR is 75 years old!) and can learn a bit of history from Dr. Gary Becker. There is even a new video detailing the annals of the ABR certification process. In addition, there is an article about Drs. Eric Brandser and Gary Schmitt, focusing on how a large private practice in Northern Kentucky adapted to Maintenance of Certification (MOC). There is also a section on finances ("Where Does Your Money Go?) is an important milestone for the ABR. In the ABR physics, residents, and radiation oncology sections, ABR writers have tackled some of the issues that are likely to be of concern for these distinctive groups.
George S. Bisset, III, MD writes the last letter as he turns of leadership of the ABR to Dr. Gary Becker.

Listed below are the direct links to the ABR Beam:

'Grandfathers' Join MOC Together
"Why should we do extra paperwork and agree to stress out about a test like the oral boards when we don't have to?" was the question that started the discussion concerning MOC (Maintenance of Certification) enrollment for a 32-member radiology practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The discussion continued: "Payers aren't going to give us more money. Lawyers might use the results of MOC when they sue us. I am NEVER going to take the Oral Boards again." But that's not the end of the story. . . Read on here.

ABR Activities and Finances: Where Does Your Money Go?
As a diplomate or "diplomate-hopeful" of the ABR, you may have wondered why you are charged to take your initial certification examination, or to participate in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Doesn't the ABR have any other sources of income? How is the money spent? What determines the amount of my fees? To answer these questions, we gathered some information from the ABR's 2007-08 fiscal year. Read on.

Focus on Radiation Oncology: Hospice and Palliative Medicine By Bruce G. Haffty, MD, ABR trustee and president elect
Dr. Haffty reports on the first group of radiation oncologists to sit for official American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certification in hospice and palliative medicine, October 29, 2008. More than 1,400 candidates from 10 distinct specialty boards, including the American Board of Radiology, sat for the exam. Read on.

Focus on Radiologic Physics: The Life of an ABR Physics Exam Question By the ABR radiologic physics trustees
Radiology residents who sit for the physics examination for diagnostic radiologists often wonder about the source of the questions. Sometimes wild rumors circulate about these items. This article describes how the questions are written and reviewed. The process for the examination in physics for radiation oncology residents is very similar. Read on.

Focus on Residents: How to Get Started on a PQI Project By Duane G Mezwa, M.D., ABR Trustee
This is one of the most frequent questions asked of the ABR. As you should be aware, the ACGME's Residency Review Committee (RRC) requires that residents be involved with a quality improvement project during their residency training. Similarly, the ABR's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process requires its diplomates to select and complete a project. The ABR website has an extensive section on PQI, offering a great deal of useful information. But, really, is there a simple, practical way to find a project? Read on.

ABR Offers Many Volunteer Opportunities
If you're interested in becoming more involved with the ABR, ABR wants to hear from you! The ABR is working hard to keep pace with current developments in U.S. certification processes. In order to achieve our goals, we depend on a large volunteer effort, and that includes volunteers from the private and academic practice communities. Volunteers may choose from opportunities of many types to contribute to the future of their specialties. Read on.

Please visit the ABR website directly for more information http://www.theabr.org

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