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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radiation-Emitting Products

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A physician is not board certified in radiology and had less than three months of training in mammography during his or her residency in radiology. Since residency, the physician has had many hours of continuing medical education. Can these continuing education units be added to the training in residency to satisfy the initial three month training requirement?

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FDA considers that three months of training in mammography is equivalent to 420 hours of training (35 hours per week x 12 weeks). The physician should determine how many hours of training were received during the residency and add them to the hours of continuing education to determine if he or she meets this total. However, all of the three months of training must be documented formal training, which cannot include self-study programs without an instructor. The training in radiation physics should constitute no more than 90 of the 420 hours.

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