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Acceptable Documents for Interpreting Physicians

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Discussion:

The table below summarizes the types of documentation that interpreting physicians may use to document their initial qualifications, as well as their continuing requirements and requalification requirements, prior to MQSA and under the interim and final regulations.

 

N/A

RequirementObtained Prior to 10/1/94Obtained 10/1/94-4/28/99Obtained after 4/28/99

 

 

 

 

State License
  1. State license/copy with expiration date

  2. Confirming letter from State licensing board

  3. Pocket card/copy of license

  1. State license/copy with expiration date

  2. Confirming letter from State licensing board

  3. Pocket card/copy of license

  1. State license/copy with expiration date

  2. Confirming letter from State licensing board

  3. Pocket card/copy of license

Board Certification

(ABR, AOBR, or RCPSC)

  1. Original/copy of certificate

  2. Confirming letter from certifying board

  3. Confirming letter from ACR

  4. Listing in ABMS directory

  1. Original/copy of certificate

  2. Confirming letter from certifying board

  3. Confirming letter from ACR

  4. Listing in ABMS directory

  1. Original/copy of certificate

  2. Confirming letter from certifying board

  3. Confirming letter from ACR

  4. Listing in ABMS directory

Formal Training

(2 months-interim regs)

(3 months-final regs)

  1. Letters or other documents from US or Canadian residency programs

  2. Documentation of formal mammography training courses

  3. Category I CME certificates

  1. Letters or other documents from US or Canadian residency programs

  2. Documentation of formal mammography training courses

  3. Category I CME certificates

  1. Letters or other documents from US or Canadian residency programs

  2. Documentation of formal mammography training courses

  3. Category I CME certificates

Initial Medical Education

(40 hours-interim regs)

(60 hours/15 in last 3 years-final regs)

  1. Attestation

  2. Letter from residency program

  3. CME certificates

  4. Letter or other document confirming in-house or formal training

  1. Letter from residency program

  2. CME certificates

  3. Letter or other document confirming in-house or formal training

  1. Letter from residency program

  2. Category I CME certificates

  3. Letter or other document confirming in-house or formal training (Category I)

Initial Experience (240)

(any 6 month period-interim regs)

(last 6 month vs 6 month in last 2 years of residency-final regs)

  1. Attestation

  2. Letter or other document from residency or training program or mammography facility

1. Letter or other document from residency or training program or mammography facility – done under direct supervision

1. Letter or other document from residency or training program or mammography facility – done under direct supervision

Initial Mammographic Modality Specific Training-8 hours-final regs
  1. Attestation for training or experience with investigational units

  2. Mammography Modality Specific CME certificates (Category I or II)

  3. CME certificates (Category I or II) plus agenda, course outline or syllabus

  4. Confirming letters from CME granting organizations

  5. Letters, certificates or other documents from manufacturers’ or other formal training courses

  6. Letter from facility where experience was obtained documenting experience in the new mammographic modality
  1. Attestation for experience with investigational units

  2. Mammography Modality Specific CME certificates (Category I or II)

  3. CME certificates (Category I or II) plus agenda, course outline or syllabus

  4. Confirming letters from CME granting organizations

  5. Letters, certificates or other documents from manufacturers’ or other formal training courses

  6. Letter from facility where experience was obtained documenting experience in the new mammographic modality
  1. Attestation for experience with investigational units

  2. Mammography Modality Specific CME certificates (Category I or II)

  3. CME certificates (Category I or II) plus agenda, course outline or syllabus

  4. Confirming letters from CME granting organizations

  5. Letters, certificates or other documents from manufacturers’ or other formal training courses

Continuing Experience (960/24 months)

N/A

N/A

  1. Letter, table, facility logs or other documentation from residency or training program or mammography facility

 

Continuing Education (15 CME/36 months-interim regs)

(15 Category I CME/36 months-final regs)

N/A

N/A

  1. CME certificates (Category I)

  2. Confirming letters from CME granting organizations

Continuing Mammographic Modality Specific Education-final regs (Enforcement delayed indefinitely)

N/A

N/A

  1. Mammography Modality Specific CME certificates (Category I)

  2. CME certificates (Category I) plus agenda, course outline or syllabus

  3. Confirming letters from CME granting organizations

Requalification-Experience–done under direct supervision

N/A

N/A

  1. Letter, table, facility logs or other documentation from residency or training program or mammography facility

 

Requalification- Education

N/A

N/A

  1. CME certificates (Category I)

  2. Confirming letters from CME granting organizations