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ASCP Smoothes Pathologists’ Path to ABP Recertification

Monday, August 27, 2012

Reflecting the trend in strengthening medical education, the voluntary recertification process for pathologists established by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) is being phased out and will be replaced by a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program next year. Applications for the voluntary recertification program will be accepted through July 1, 2013. After that date, diplomates of the ABP who wish to recertify or are required to pass a secure exam for licensing will be required to complete the MOC.

ASCP offers valuable continuing medical education (CME) options that enable pathologists to complete the voluntary recertification process and secure certification effective for 10 years. If you are already an ASCP pathologist member, you may purchase a $170 online education package to receive unlimited CME credit. Another avenue to earn CME credit is to attend the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting and earn up to 30 hours of CME credits.

“I think that the voluntary recertification has served its purpose, and now is the right time to transition to a full Maintenance of Certification program for everyone who is interested,” said Betsy D. Bennett, MD, PhD,
Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pathology.

Recertification allows ABP diplomates to demonstrate continued competency in the practice of pathology and is based on the tenet that practicing pathologists maintain high educational, professional, ethical, and moral standards in their practices. Candidates for voluntary recertification must document 150 credits of CME during the three years prior to the recertification application.

Voluntary recertification is available only to diplomates of the ABP who hold certificates in one of the primary disciplines of pathology; voluntary recertification in subspecialties is not available.