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ASCP Offers One-Stop Destination to Navigate ABP Requirements

Monday, November 18, 2013

2014 is the first year that pathologists who were certified by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) after Jan. 1, 2006, will have the opportunity to take the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part III cognitive exam to maintain their certification, and ASCP is here to help. ASCP offers a one-stop destination for everything you need to know about ABP process requirements, education and exam preparation, automated credit tracking, and more.

“PRISE is a great module as it gives people practice for the multiple choice examination, which is what the cognitive examination has.”
—Melissa Upton, MD, FASCP

Although pathologists certified by the ABP after Jan. 1, 2006, have until 2016 to take the exam, they actually can start taking the exam this spring. To help them prepare for the cognitive exam, ASCP offers the Pathologist Recertification Individualized Self-Assessment Examination (PRISE)—an online, modular self-assessment and comprehensive educational tool. For more information

“PRISE is a great module as it gives people practice for the multiple choice examination, which is what the cognitive examination has,” says Melissa Upton, MD, FASCP, who is the current chair of the ASCP Commission On Continuing Professional Development, and serves on the ASCP MOC Committee.

To meet the MOC requirements, pathologists can also take advantage of an ASCP membership level that includes unlimited online CMEs for only $170, in addition to their annual membership fee.*

“It’s an amazing bargain,” Dr. Upton says. “Specific products like PRISE are designed to allow 24/7 access to all the self assessment modules that anyone would need for Maintenance of Certification.”

She notes that many states are now moving toward Maintenance of Licensure requirements. This means that some pathologists who graduated before 2006 and who do not have a time-limited certification from ABP may be required to have additional training that includes Maintenance of Certification for their state licensing or institutional credential requirements.

“ASCP membership options are very helpful and specifically designed to help pathologists do one-stop shopping because they are so busy,” she says.

For more information on MOC, why it’s important, and how ASCP can help pathologists meet the MOC requirements, click here.

* PRISE not included.