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What is EDiR?
EDiR stands for European Diploma in Radiology. This exam is conducted by the European Board of Radiology and the European Society of Radiology.
Here is a brief introductory video for the EDiR at ECR 2019:
What are the benefits of the EDiR?
- An international benchmark for general radiology and is officially and fully endorsed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the ESR.
- The EDiR is recognized as an equivalent of the Polish exit training examination, the first part of the Turkish board examination and the image interpretation part of the Finnish national examination. Moreover, in order to practice radiology in The Netherlands, trainees must either pass their national board examination or the EDiR.
- Currently, with the EDiR degree, we cannot practice in European countries, however, once u clear the exam it indicates that you are satisfying the curriculum of European radiology training. EDiR is definitely an added value to the candidates’ CV, differentiating them from other contenders when applying for a job or fellowship.
- Check this video from ECR 2019 describing an EDiR holders experience (You need to signup. Don’t worry it’s free! )
What is the EDiR exam structure?
The examination tests knowledge, skills, and competence in general radiology in three parts :
- Multiple response questions (MCQs): Computer-based examination (90 minutes).
- Short cases (SCs): Computer-based examination (90 minutes).
- Clinically Oriented Reasoning Evaluation (CORE): Practical-oriented cases, computer-based examination (90 minutes).
You can refer to this explanatory webinar from the ECR 2019 for a brief description of the exam
Where and when is the EDiR exam conducted?
There are multiple exam centers for the exam, including New Delhi India and Islamabad. An advantage of appearing for the EDiR exam during ECR at Vienna is that when we register for the exam, fees for the ECR congress is waived off. To avail this we need to register 4-5 months early for the examination.
The EDiR exam is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 16th and 17th November 2019.
The updated EDiR exam calendar can be accessed from the EDiR exam calendar page
Eligibility for the EDiR exam:
- Candidates must at least be in their fifth year of national radiology training at the time of the examination.
- Active membership of the relevant national radiological society in the year of the examination is required.
- Candidates must be ESR full members, corresponding members or members in training in the year of the examination
Documentation required for the EDiR examination:
Below is the requested documentation during the online application process. There are direct links to download the proof templates. It is not necessary to use the templates provided, but all documents must be in English.
- A proof of training indicating the duration of radiology training and expected date of completion (if not completed) issued by the training institution. In case your training is complete we kindly ask you to send your Certificate of Completion of Training.
- In cases where the duration of the training programme is less than five years, proof of experience as a supervised staff radiologist is required.
- Proof of active membership of the relevant national radiological society.
- A scanned copy of your passport.
How to apply for the EDiR exam?
Applications can be made online from the EDiR exam calendar page: Apply for the EDiR online
What are the fees for the EDiR exam?
- €500 for full ESR members and ESR members in training.
- €1,100 for corresponding ESR members.
Make sure you through the terms and conditions for the exam before applying
The examination is conducted at the specified centers with 90 min of each session. The only part which I felt tough was the MRQs part which consumes lot of time and few questions are little tougher than expected especially in cardiac, breast and MSK imaging. Most of the short and long cases are those we routinely see in our daily practice. In the CORE exam part, they ask you to describe the findings seen and what could be the next step of management. The scoring part for the exam is little complex and it is available on the website and you will be receiving a mail from them regarding the scoring system for each part.
What is the pass rate for the EDiR exam?
According to this publication by the European Board of Radiology, in 2017 the pass rate was approximately 70%.
What is the syllabus for the EDiR?
Quoting the same EBR paper:
- Knowledge, skills, and competence in anatomy, pathophysiology, imaging procedures, physics and management in general radiology is tested.
- 13 categories are included in all examinations: abdominal, breast, cardiac, chest/thorax, head, and neck, imaging physics including radiation safety, imaging pharmacology including contrast media and radiopharmaceuticals, interventional and vascular, management, musculoskeletal, pediatrics, urogenital and neuroradiology.
- Check the distribution of each of these categories: EDiR category wise question distribution.
What do examiners expect at the EDiR from candidates?
Useful online resources for the EDiR exam:
- Sample exam questions for the EDiR:
EDiR Sample Examination
EDIR Bareceloma Preparatory Session:
EDiR exam: Few sample questions
Live EDiR examination:
- Self-assessment tests for the EDiR exam: Each test module consists of 20 questions and is priced at €14.99
- EDiR - The Essential Guide
- EDiR app
- EBR blog for cases
- European Training Curriculum of Radiology
- Basic radiology topics for residents
- Advanced topics for radiology practitioners
- EDiR Quiz cases for preparation
Recommended books for EDiR exam from the official EDiR page:
This list is only for general guidance. All these are NOT NECESSARILY required to clear the examination.
- Brant WE and Helms CA (2012) Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology, 4th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 978-1608319121
- Rumack CM, Wilson SR, Charboneau JW and Levine D (2011) Diagnostic Ultrasound, 4th edition. Elsevier Mosby. ISBN: 978-0323053976
- Prokop M and Galanski M (2003) Spiral and Multislice Computed Tomography of the Body. Thieme. ISBN: 978-0865778702
- Reimer P, Parizel PM, Meaney JFM and Stichnoth FA (2010) Clinical MR Imaging: A Practical Approach. Springer. ISBN: 978-3540745013
- Huda W Review of Radiologic Physics
- Radiology Review Manual - Dahnert
- Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology
- Primer of Diagnostic Imaging
- Heywang-Koebrunner SH, Schreer I and Barter S (2014) Diagnostic Breast Imaging: Mammography, Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Interventional Procedures, 3rd edition. Thieme. ISBN: 978-3131028938
- Bogaert J, Dymarkowski S, Taylor AM and Muthurangu V (2012) Clinical Cardiac MRI (Medical Radiology), 2nd edition. Springer. ISBN: 978-3642230349
- Halpern EJ (2011) Clinical Cardiac CT: Anatomy and Function, 2nd edition. Thieme. ISBN: 978-1604063752
Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology
Head and Neck Radiology
EDiR case reviews:
Tips for the EDiR exam by Dr. Venkatesh M:
- Strong and positive attitude towards the exam
- All the systems are covered almost in equal proportions
- MCQS section plays a major role in the exam passing criteria
- The theory part is especially useful to answer MCQs
- The toughest part for Residents is cardiac and Breast imaging cases as we have less exposure during residency.
- The 1st session is MCQS completely based on the theoretical aspect. 2nd and 3 rd sessions are completely practical oriented with good clinical knowledge assessment
- I would suggest all practice more case studies like which are available in Auntminnie, ACR case in point, AJNR Cases and FRCR practice cases.
- Short and long case sessions are usually common and classic cases with clinical history which is always a clue to narrow the differential diagnosis
- I suggest reading theory part 1-2 months before the exam.
- Physics MCQs are not more than 5-8 questions.
- Try to solve cases as much as possible
- Don’t worry about the spelling mistake as they are not considered while correcting.
- Radiogyan has a very good collection of spotters and cases which helps you a lot
- EDiR mobile app is available where they constantly post cases every week in all the systems
- EDiR app also has access to previous cases and discussion made by Dr. Prof Caceres
- EDiR is not as tough as FRCR. People who cleared FRCR can easily give this
I thank Dr. Amar Udare for giving me this opportunity to share my experience at EDiR and ECR. Kindly utilize the information provided and share it with our colleagues, senior and juniors. You can comment below or contact me if you have any questions: [email protected]
All the best everyone!
Disclaimer: Every effort has been undertaken to assure the authenticity of the information. However, the essence comes from the author’s personal experience. This is ONLY a guide to help you get basic information. Candidates are advised to check the EDiR website and the websites mentioned in the above post for the latest information. This website is not affiliated to the EDiR or EBR.