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Geisinger radiology chair helps produce new dual certificate in radiology

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Dec. 31, 2012

DANVILLE, Pa. – John F. Cardella, M.D., FSIR, FACR, FAHA, Geisinger Health System radiology chair and medical director of the radiology service line, served on a Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) task force that developed a new American Board of Radiology (ABR) Dual Certificate in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board of directors recently approved the new certificate, also called the IR/DR certificate, which combines competency in diagnostic imaging, image-guided procedures and periprocedural patient care.

Members of the SIR Primary Certificate/Dual Certificate Task Force worked for the past six years on creating the certificate, which will provide patients with well-trained interventional radiology specialists.

“This is a significant step in the development of an independent medical specialty to recognize intervention radiologists as clinicians caring for complex-illness patients,” Dr. Cardella said. “It reflects interventional radiology’s core competencies and puts the focus directly on patients, innovation and advanced image-guided techniques.”

“The interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology certificate ensures that board-certified interventional radiologists are trained and qualified to deliver the highest level of care available today, and it demands that this same quality be made available to all future patients,” said Gary J. Becker, M.D., FSIR, ABR executive director.

The new IR/DR certificate:

  • Recognizes interventional radiology (IR) with a primary specialty certificate linked to diagnostic imaging competency and certification
  • Includes periprocedural care as an integral competency
  • Affirms the uniqueness of the interventional radiology skill set

“This change in training will ensure that interventional radiologists will deliver care to patients that combines necessary core competencies in clinical, procedural and interpretative skills,” Cardella said.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education will now review the proposal, a process that is likely to take 12 more months, to provide guidance to training programs about its implementation. The ABR will be working closely with Vascular and Intervascular Radiology program directors, diagnostic radiology chairs and SIR to ensure an effective transition to the new certificate.

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