Copyright

Medical Oncology Board Certification Requirements

Physicians specializing in the treatment of cancer can pursue medical oncology certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Learn about the education, training and exam requirements for this professional credential.

View popular schools

For medical oncology board certification, trained physicians who have finished an internal medicine residency must complete a medical oncology fellowship program, which provides training for work in the field.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Cell Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Vision Science

Medical Oncology Board Certification Overview

Oncologists are licensed physicians who specialize in diagnosing cancer and developing treatment plans in conjunction with other healthcare professionals, such as radiotherapists and surgeons. Doctors who would like to demonstrate their expertise in this subspecialty can earn voluntary medical oncology certification through the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) after receiving general certification in internal medicine.

Prerequisites

The first step to earning medical oncology board certification is to become a licensed physician. Licensure is required to practice medicine in all states and typically requires passing scores on a national licensing exam after completing an accredited Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program and a residency. Prospective oncologists generally complete a 3-year residency in internal medicine, which can prepare them to meet training and exam requirements for ABIM certification in this specialty area.

Training Requirements

The path towards medical oncology certification continues in a medical oncology fellowship program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This training must last at least 24 months, but there are also 36-month programs. Within these programs, aspiring oncologists gain extensive clinical experience treating patients with cancer. They also conduct oncological research at the basic science, translational or clinical level. Other program features include:

  • Formal coursework
  • Grand rounds
  • Journal clubs
  • Conferences
  • Tumor boards

Over the course of medical oncology programs, certification candidates will need to receive acceptable clinical competency evaluations from their program directors. Prospective oncologists are observed performing such procedures as bone marrow biopsies and chemotherapy administration. Their patient care, communication and interpersonal skills are also assessed.

Certification

After completing a fellowship program, certification candidates can sit for the required exam. Once oncologists earn board certification, they must also maintain it by completing Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points every two years, completing a total of 100 MOC points every five years, and passing an MOC exam in medical oncology every ten years.

Career Info

Job opportunities for physicians and surgeons were projected to increase 14% between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The best employment prospects should be available to doctors willing to work in rural or underserved areas, and to those doctors specializing in fields that treat health problems prevalent among older adults, such as cancer. Certification could also improve doctors' employment prospects.

PayScale reported that oncologists earned a median salary of $248,650 as of March 2017. With profit sharing and bonuses, physicians specializing in this field earned between $101,448 and $430,664 annually.

In order to work as a medical oncologist, it is necessary to earn board certification, which is available for individuals who have completed medical school, an internal medicine residency and a medical oncology fellowship.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • Master of Biotechnology Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
    • MS in Biotechnology
    • MS in Bioinformatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
    • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
    • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
    • MSHS in Clinical Research Administration
    • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MS in Nursing
    • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN
    • BS in Health Science

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Associate of Science in Health Science
    • Associate of Science in Health Science - Pre-Nursing
    • Associate of Science in Health Science - Pre-Pharmacy

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your age?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Medical Laboratory Technology

    Year of High School Graduation or GED completion:

    • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
    • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What year did you graduate high school?

    • Ph.D. Health Sciences
    • BS in Health Sciences

    What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?