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The American Board of Pathology Examination

Requirements for Board Certification Application

The following information appears on the ABP board examination application and outlines what is required for Residents who are applying for primary certification.

The following information appears on the ABP board examination application and outlines what is required for Residents who are applying for primary certification. The application for primary certification by ABP requires that candidates list the number of full-time months spent in the various categories of pathology on the unique rotations listed below. The type of service (anatomic pathology or clinical pathology) and the number of months for each must be specified.

Weeks can be translated to fractions of months. For application purposes, a month is considered to be four weeks. This definition allows for 12 four-week rotations and four weeks of vacation in a calendar year. Vacation time should not be included in the application.

Anatomic Pathology
Autopsy Pathology
Surgical Pathology
Cytopathology
Pediatric Pathology
Forensic Pathology
Neuropathology
Informatics
Laboratory Management
Molecular Pathology
Other (specify)

Clinical Pathology
Chemical Pathology
Hematology
Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Microbiology
Medical Microscopy
Informatics
Laboratory Management
Molecular Pathology
Other (specify)

    The total number of autopsies should equal or exceed 50. A separate numbered list of all complete autopsies performed by the candidate is required. Only age, sex, primary diagnosis, and date performed are to be listed.

    1. Total number of autopsies performed.
    Residents should report only those autopsies in which they have an active role (as appropriate to the case) in each of the following: review of history and circumstances of death; external examination of the body; gross dissection; review of microscopic and laboratory findings; preparation of written description of gross and microscopic findings; development of opinion on cause of death; review of autopsy report with teaching staff.

    a. Number of shared autopsies
    b. Number of limited autopsies
    c. Number of forensic autopsies

    2. Number of surgical specimens examined.

    3. Number of cytopathologic specimens examined.

    4. Number of bone marrows performed.

    5. Number of FNAs performed.

    6. Clinical pathology consultations
    participated in by the resident. A clinical consultation is defined by ABP as any interaction (formal or informal) between the resident and another healthcare professional regarding handling of specimens and/or interpretation of data. These consultations may be oral or written and do not have to be billable. Do not include written anatomic pathology reports.

    7. List on separate page(s) all necropsies performed, giving only age, sex, primary diagnosis, and date performed. Do not send complete autopsy reports. As noted previously, the minimum number of autopsies expected is 50.

    For questions regarding the ABP Board Examination visit www.abpath.org/GenExamInfo.htm or write to questions@abpath.org.


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