4-Year IMG Pathway

By completing a four-year alternate pathway at Boston University Department of Radiology, international medical graduates (IMGs) become eligible to sit for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) board certification examinations.

At Boston Medical Center, the required four years of training can be accomplished through a combination of years of education in the following training programs: Abdominal Imaging, Breast Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging and Neuroradiology.

Becoming ABR-certified allows an IMG to practice radiology in private practice or in any hospital (public or private) in the US provided additional requirements regarding medical licensing and immigration status are also satisfied. Please note that Massachusetts requires three years of ACGME-accredited training in order to apply for an unrestricted license to practice medicine.

IMG candidates interested in pursuing a four-year alternate ABR pathway at Boston Medical Center need to submit an application and submit all the supporting documentation listed below.

You may express preferences for the combination of years of radiology training you would favor and we will attempt to offer a four-year pathway that meets this as much as possible. However, our training positions are limited and you may be offered a four-year pathway different from your initial request.

All fellows will be appointed for 1 year of training at a time. Outstanding fellows will need to apply for subsequent fellowships annually, which will be awarded based on strong performance in our department, for a total of 4 years of training.

Application Process:

The details of the IMG Alternate Pathway for Board Eligibility can be found on the ABR website at: www.theabr.org. Please note that the four years of training have to be completed at one single institution and without interruption.

If you are interested in applying for the 4-year ABR alternate pathway at Boston Medical Center, please contact Dionne Zhen with the following:

  • ABR Pathway Application – handwritten applications are not accepted
    • Current CV
    • 3 letters of recommendation addressed to Program Director
    • USMLE Score reports
    • Copy of ECFMG certificate
    • Copy of medical school diploma
    • Dean’s letter from medical school
    • Medical school transcripts
    • Personal statement
    • Certificate of completion of residency
    • Professional photo (jpg)