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How to Prepare for and Navigate the Board Certification Process in Diagnostic and Nuclear Imaging

N Bevins

T Szczykutowicz

N Busse

N Bevins1*, T Szczykutowicz2*, N Busse3*, (1) Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI, (2) University Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (3) Colorado Assn in Medical Phys (CAMP), Denver, CO


8:30 AM : Diagnostic Part 1 and General Overview of CAMPEP/Residency - N Bevins, Presenting Author
8:50 AM : Diagnostic Parts 2/3 - T Szczykutowicz, Presenting Author
9:10 AM : Nuclear Parts 2 + 3 - N Busse, Presenting Author

TU-B-PinS Room/Hall C-0 (Tuesday, August 1, 2017) 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Room: PinS Room|Hall C

Adequate, efficient preparation for the ABR Diagnostic and Nuclear Medical Physics exams is key to successfully obtain ABR or ABSNM certification. Additionally, navigating the system of graduate school, CAMPEP accreditation needs, residency, and clinical experience can seem daunting.

Each part of the ABR exam presents its own challenges:

Part I: Determine the scope of basic medical physics study material, efficiently review this material, and solve related written questions/problems.

Part II: Understand imaging principles, modalities, and systems, including image acquisition, processing, and display. Understand the relationship between imaging techniques, image quality, patient dose and safety, and solve related written questions/problems.

Part III: Gain crucial, practical, clinical medical physics experience. Effectively communicate and explain the practice, performance, and significance of all aspects of clinical medical physics.

Understanding how to navigate the option for accreditation from ABSNM, when your training needs to be CAMPEP certified, and issues surrounding what constitutes clinical experience will also be discussed.

All parts of the ABR/ABSNM exam require specific skill sets and preparation: mastery of basic physics and imaging principles; written problem solving often involving rapid calculation; and responding clearly and succinctly to oral questions about the practice, methods, and significance of clinical medical physics. This symposium focuses on the preparation necessary for each part of the ABR exam. Although there is some overlap, the nuclear exam covers a different body of knowledge than the diagnostic exam. A separate speaker will address those unique aspects of the nuclear exam, and how preparing for a second specialty differs from the first. Medical physicists who recently completed each ABR and ABSNM exam portion will share their experiences, insights, and preparation methods to help attendees best prepare for the challenges of each part of the ABR exam.

In accordance with exam security policies, no recalls or exam questions will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. How to prepare for Part 1 of the ABR exam by determining the scope of basic medical physics study material and related problem solving/calculations
2. How to prepare for Part 2 and 3 of the ABR exam by understanding diagnostic and/or nuclear imaging physics (ABSNM differences with ABR will be discussed), systems, dosimetry, safety and related problem solving/calculations and the and importance of clinical experience in the part 3 test format.
3. Exam day logistics for parts 1/2/3 will be covered. The ABR website, CAMPEP’s role in being qualified for taking the tests, and guidance on navigating your career from graduate school to being fully boarded will also be covered.

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: T. P. Szczykutowicz received an equipment grant from and is a consultant to GE Healthcare, supplies CT protocols to GE Healthcare under a licensing agreement and is the founder of protocolshare.org.


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