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Certification Exam


To be eligible for subspecialty certification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Hold primary AOBR certification in Diagnostic Radiology
  • Have completed one year of formal, AOA-approved concentrated study in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.
  • Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.


At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBR:

  • A completed application.
  • Examination fee.
  • Copy of your current state medical license.

Exam Fees

An application fee of must accompany your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid.

If an applicant fails the exam, the fee for re-examination will be determined by the Board.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Subspecialty Certification Exam is offered once per year, generally every spring in the Chicago area. The application period opens Oct. 1 and applications are due Dec. 1.

Exam Content Outline

The AOBR Vascular and Interventional Radiology Subspecialty Certification Examination will be offered once per year and is presented in an oral examination format. The examination contains 25 cases. Candidates have one hour to complete the exam, which covers the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Methods of examination
  • Technique
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Pharmacology of contrast agents, where applicable
  • Radiation safety and protection
  • Elements of normal and abnormal interpretation applicable to vascular and interventional radiology