September 5, 2016
The issue of what may constitute optimal training pathways for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging has been of major interest and discussion over the past decade.
Recently, the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and the American Board of Radiology (ABR) formed a task force and engaged in discussions that led to a joint proposal (1) that current NM and nuclear radiology (NR) programs be replaced by a single training pathway incorporating a combined 3-year DR curriculum and a 2-year NM curriculum targeted to medical students, resulting in a new primary certificate in NM/DR; and (2) that the new independent discipline of NM/DR be created under the umbrella of the ABR with ultimate dissolution of the ABNM. Based on the lack of broad consensus for the proposal, the ABNM and ABR had agreed not to move forward with their proposal.
Immediately after this announcement, SNMMI formed the Pathways to the Future of Nuclear Medicine Task Force to address the challenges, from fewer NM training programs and job opportunities to the increasing need for dual certification in DR and NM. The task force has just published its report on Phase 1 of its process, including a summary of potential training pathways.