Recent Changes to ABR Maintenance of Certification Part 4 (PQI): Acknowledgment of Radiologists' Activities to Improve Quality and Safety

Lane F. Donnelly, Vincent Mathews, David J. Laszakovits, Valerie Jackson, Milton J. Guiberteau

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The ABR has recently reviewed and revised its policy establishing how ABR diplomates may comply with requirements for Maintenance of Certification Part 4: Practice Quality Improvement (PQI). The changes were deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees to acknowledge and credit the numerous ways in which radiology professionals contribute to improving patient care through existing and evolving activities available to them within the radiology community. In addition to meeting requirements by completing a traditional PQI project, the policy revision now allows diplomates to meet criteria by completing one of a number of activities in an expanded spectrum of PQI options recognized by the ABR. The new policy also acknowledges the maturing state of quality improvement science by permitting PQI projects to use "any standard quality improvement methodology," such as Six Sigma, Lean, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Model for Improvement, and others in addition to the previously prescribed three-phase plan-do-study-act format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • board certification
  • Maintenance of Certification
  • Practice Quality Improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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