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Residents may be particularly interested in this article from the Oct. 2011 issue of AJCP, "Senior Pathology Resident In-Service Examination Scores Correlate With Outcomes of the American Board of Pathology Certifying Examinations."


ASCP’s Resident In-Service Examination (RISE) helps Residents to assess and track their training progress and medical knowledge. In addition, it assists Program Directors in evaluating the training program curriculum. RISE is an evaluation tool that can be used to assess progress in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Pathology and Laboratory Administration.

RISE facts:

  • RISE is a comprehensive examination tool that is utilized by various international and 100% of the U.S. pathology residency programs;
  • More than 350 multiple choice questions, many with images, constructed by members of the RISE committee, in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology (ADASP), Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS), American Pathology Foundation (APF), National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), and the American Society for Apheresis Graduate Medical Education Resources Committee, all of whom are acknowledged experts in their respective fields.
  • RISE is offered in a browser-based, online format, which provides a convenient way to administer the exam.

The examination is divided into three sections:

  • Anatomic Pathology (AP), two (2) hour and fifteen (15) minutes
  • Clinical Pathology (CP), two (2) hour and forty-five (45) minutes
  • Special Topics, one (1) hour

These three (3) sections may be administered either at individual settings or at a continuous setting. Completion time for the entire examination is six (6) hours.

Optimal Configuration
Because of diversity in pathology training programs, individual residents may be required by their Program Director to participate in any of the following combinations of the exam sections:

  • AP, CP, and Special Topics (total test)
  • AP and Special Topics only
  • CP and Special Topics only
  • Special Topics only

The fees and examination materials are the same, regardless of the number or combination of sections completed. Scores will be based only on the sections attempted. The Special Topics section must be completed in order to receive scores.

In-depth Analysis
Individual score information is provided to both Residency Program Directors and Residents. Computer-generated statistical and score reports are provided to assess both individual and peer group performance in relation to year of training and each content area.

The examination is designed to be used as one tool to help address medical knowledge strengths and areas for improvement in resident performance. RISE results are confidentially distributed by ASCP to each resident and Program Director. The use of RISE results and their distribution to other advising faculty are at the discretion of the program director and departmental leadership. RISE results should not be used as the sole criterion on which performance, promotion, or advancement is based.

RISE will next be administered March 24--April 6, 2012. The registration deadline is March 1, 2012. For more detailed information and any inquiries related to RISE please contact:

Jay Wagner
P 312.541.4741; F 312.541.4751; rise@ascp.org