Continuing Education for Pathologists

ASCP makes learning convenient.

As you strive to stay on the leading edge of your profession, ASCP is here to support you by providing the information and knowledge you need to remain current in your field and meet your institutional, licensure, and Maintenance of Certification requirements. 

Whether your preferred learning style is visual, auditory, hands-on, or a combination, ASCP offers many educational tools and resources that make learning convenient so that you can easily obtain your CME credits while you continue to focus on your career.

To find out more about our educational programs and products, visit the tabs below.

ASCP offers a variety of excellent online continuing education courses and activities to help you earn your continuing medical education credits (CME) and meet your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements, including:  


Patient Safety - Newly updated! Complete your entire MOC Patient Safety requirement
in just 5 hours complete an approved ABP- and ABMS-approved Patient Safety program made for Pathologists.
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Laboratory Management University (LMU) - A new online, self-paced, 25-credit certificate
program in laboratory management.
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PRISE - Proven self-study for the MOC recertification exam. Access 625 web-based practice
questions, in the same format used on the ABP exam, and earn up to 50 CME or SAM credits.
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ASCP Meetings and Educational Courses

ASCP 2017 

September 6-8, 2017

Chicago, IL
ASCP 2018

October 3-5, 2018 Baltimore, MD
ASCP 2019

September 11-13, 2019 Phoenix, AZ

As the undisputed leader in science-based education, ASCP offers a variety of educational meetings and conferences for pathologists and laboratory professionals, including the ASCP Annual Meeting, where you can network, share ideas with colleagues, and gain valuable information and insight on new research findings, current trends, and advances in pathology.

ASCP 2017 Chicago is an exciting, multi-day event for education and collegial exchange among the entire laboratory team. The foundation of the meeting is robust educational programming offering new and distilled information balanced with core knowledge to encourage the rapid translation of scientific research into the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. Meeting participants will experience the Society's value as a collaborative policy builder, influential thought leader and promoter of safe and effective patient care throughout the world.

To view ASCP's upcoming meetings and conferences or to register for a specific meeting, click here.
6449-thumbnail To aid you in your continued learning as a practicing pathologist, ASCP gives you access to hundreds of books on a wide array of topics relevant to the pathology and laboratory medicine fields.

With new titles and leading bestsellers, ASCP offers print and e-books so that studying can be easy and convenient whether you're at home, work, or on-the-go.

To browse our featured selections or find a specific book you need for a course, visit our online store by clicking here.

To help you learn at your own pace and gauge your understanding as you go, ASCP offers a variety of self-study and assessment programs, including:

ASCP Case Reports (formerly CheckSample)--This online multi-purpose self-learning tool is offered in eight different series covering every major area of clinical and anatomic pathology. Peer-reviewed cases are posted bimonthly on a timely topic.  

CheckPath--A combination glass-slide/virtual-slide/image-based assessment program. Five to seven cases with clinical histories are sent each quarter, and participants receive peer-reviewed interpretations for each case. Participants can earn 20-28 CME, CMLE, or SAM credit annually. This activity meets both Part II and Part IV MOC requirements. CheckPath Anatomic Pathology | CheckPath Clinical Pathology |CheckPath Hematopathology

GYN Assessment--Measure your team’s interpretive skills in gynecologic cytopathology testing and fulfill your CAP LAP accreditation requirements for interlaboratory comparison. Choose the date you wish to start. Then, you’ll receive 15 high-quality glass slide cases throughout the year. Detailed educational materials and individual comparative result reports are provided for each glass slide case. A year-end summary provides statistical performance reports for all individuals on your laboratory team, as well as the laboratory as a whole.

Non-GYN Assessment--Measure your team’s interpretive skills in non-gynecologic cytopathology and fulfill CAP LAP accreditation requirements for interlaboratory comparison. Like the GYN Assessment, choose the date you wish to start. Over a year, you will receive 20 high-quality glass slide cases. A year-end summary provides statistical performance for all individuals in your laboratory team.

GYN Lab Comparison--This comprehensive program fulfills all your gynecologic cytopathology proficiency testing and CAP LAP accreditation requirements for interlaboratory comparison. Choose the date of your ASCP GYN PT™ testing, slide type as well as a second date for your Lab Comparison shipment. Your ASCP Lab Comparison program consists of 12 high-quality glass slides, detailed comparative results and year end statistical summaries.

NonGYN Digital Image-- This program includes 20 diagnostically interesting NonGYN/FNB cases depicted by high-resolution digital images, followed by interlaboratory statistics and detailed case discussions. An ideal program to add to your educational library and teaching tool for staff, residents or fellows.

Pathologist Recertification Individualized Self-Assessment Examination (PRISE)-- ASCP's online, modular self-assessment and comprehensive educational tool specifically designed for pathologists and residents. PRISE gives you online access to hundreds of multiple-choice questions that are case-based, many with images, educational feedback, and references.


ASCP On-Demand Webcasts are in-depth programs that cover case presentations and deliver the latest in pathology and laboratory medicine education from world-class faculty right to your lab.

We offer courses in relevant and practical topics which have a healthy dose of cutting-edge techniques to keep your lab prepared.

On Demand Webcasts also provide SAMs CME and CME credits for physicians and meet MOC Lifelong Learning Requirements. A variety of topics are available in many categories including chemistry and immunochemistry, cytology, hematology and coagulation, histology, microbiology and infectious diseases, molecular diagnostics, and transfusion medicine.

To view list of available webcasts, or to register for a specific session, click here.


ASCP offers proficiency testing (PT) for pathologists. These tests can be used as quality improvement tools and are available in all sub-specialty areas, including cytology.

To find out more about proficiency testing or to purchase a proficiency testing activity, click here.


The American Journal of Clinical Pathology offers journal-based CME/SAM. AJCP CME Courses can now be found by searching Online CE at the ASCP store.

Each month several AJCP articles are selected for their new and noteworthy findings in the field and offered to readers to earn CME/SAM credit (one credit per article). Articles and the associated examination to document credit will be available online only for three years.

To get started, click the link below, choose from the available articles, and pay through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) online store. To take an exam after paying for an article, log in to your ASCP account, choose Education, go to My Learning Plan and select the exercise. Each of the articles available for SAM credit contains a pretest and posttest and educational content. There will be a minimum of 5 multiple choice questions in the pretest and the posttest. Once the posttest is completed, you will be scored immediately. Credit will be documented in the transcript section of the My Courses and Learning Plan page and you can print a certificate upon completion of the exercise.

The ASCP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The ASCP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per article. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets MOC Part II Lifelong Learning requirements. A self-assessment option is available to earn SAM credits for Maintenance of Certification, Part II Self-Assessment Modules (MOC-SAM). MOC Part II (lifelong learning and self-assessment) requires that at each of the two-year check points you supply documentation that you obtained 35 AMA PRA Category 1CME credits per year, or 70 credits in two years. Of these total numbers of credits, ten credits must be SAM (self-assessment modules) credit in one year or 20 SAM credits in two years. The goals for the creation of these modules of self-assessment are to provide pathologists an opportunity to self-assess themselves on practical “need to know” information that is used in daily practice and required for competence.

AJCP CME Courses can now be found by searching Online CE at the ASCP store. Start your search today!

Click here for more information about the SAM credit steps.