ABNM and ABR Agree: Joint Task Force Proposal Will Not Move Forward

November 9, 2015

In a letter sent on November 6 to ABNM diplomates, ABNM Chair Louise E. J. Thomson, MBChB, announced that the ABNM and the ABR have agreed not to move forward with the proposals in the joint ABR-ABNM Task Force Statement to Stakeholders sent July 16, 2015.

In the statement, the task force had proposed:

  • implementing a single combined 2+3 nuclear medicine/diagnostic radiology (NM/DR) training program resulting in a new primary NM/DR certificate and
  • eliminating the current NR fellowship programs, dissolving ABNM as an independent certifying board, and replacing it with a new NM/DR specialty under the ABR umbrella.

The letter summarized the data collected during consideration of the proposal, then moved to discussion of the ABNM's next steps.

"Looking to the future," said Thomson, "the ABNM realizes that there are many challenges ahead for current and future diplomates." The ABNM will continue to work to increase the number of approved dual training programs, to improve recognition that current ABNM diplomates with appropriate training are qualified to read diagnostic CT performed with hybrid imaging; and to make Maintenance of Certification more valuable, less expensive, and easier.

Read the full letter.