Study Materials for Residents

ASCP helps you ace the Boards.

As a resident in training, ASCP serves as your go-to resource with a host of offerings that not only help you study, but ultimately teach you what you need to know to be a better pathologist. Visit the tabs below to browse the comprehensive suite of resources available to you.


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:

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.

RISE – 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.  

CheckPath – A combination glass-slide/virtual-slide/image-based assessment program. Five cases with clinical histories are sent each quarter, and participants receive peer-reviewed interpretations for each case. CheckPath Anatomic Pathology |CheckPath Clinical Pathology | CheckPath Hematopathology

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.  

As the undisputed leader in science-based education, ASCP hosts a variety of educational meetings and conferences for pathologists and laboratory professionals, where residents can network, share ideas with seasoned professionals, and gain valuable information and insight on new research findings, current trends, and advances in pathology. These opportunities include:  

The ASCP Annual Meeting 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.

Educational Courses--Ranging from 2.5 to 5 days in attractive destinations across the country, ASCP Educational Courses allow residents the unique opportunity to spend extended time on one topic area in close association with the experts. Every day challenges, pitfalls, diagnostic dilemmas, and cutting-edge technologies are addressed with interactive and personalized instruction, including extended microscopy sessions with an extensive collection of histologic slides and problem cases. Residents receive a 50% discount or may attend on a standby basis (subject to space availability) for no fee. For information, call 800.267.2727, option 2, or click on the link at the bottom of this page.  

Pathology Update-- Pathology Update provides residents with a potpourri of surgical, cytologic, and molecular topics.

To view ASCP's upcoming meetings and conferences including Educational Courses, and Pathology Update -- or to register for a specific meeting, click here.

To aid you in your continued learning as a resident, ASCP gives you access to hundreds of books on a wide array of topics relevant to the pathology and laboratory medicine fields. Browse all books here.

Titles include:
Quick Compendium of Clinical Pathology
Quick Compendium of Clinical Pathology/Quick Compendium Companion for Clinical Pathology Book Bundle
Quick Compendium of Surgical Pathology
Bone Marrow IHC & Molecular Pathology
Bone Marrow Pathology (3rd Edition)
The Art & Science of Cytopathology
Practical Principles of Cytopathology (Revised Edition)
Cytopathology Review Guide (3rd Edition)
An Atlas of Forensic Pathology
Integrated Hematopathology: Morphology and FCI with IHC
Practical Diagnosis of Hematologic Disorders (5th Edition)
ASCP CASESET: Laboratory Medicine
Flow Cytometry in Clinical Diagnosis (4th Edition)

With new titles and leading bestsellers, ASCP offers print, e-book and audio products 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.

What you Need to Know for the AP/CP Boards by Betsy D. Bennett MD PhD