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ASCP’s Resident In-Service Examination (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.

 

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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."  

2017 RISE Item Descriptors
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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), AABB, American Pathology Foundation (APF), American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) Graduate Medical Education Resources Committee, Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), Society for Hematopathology (SH), Society for Pediatric Pathology (SPP), and The American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), 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.

Flexibility
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, 2018. The registration deadline is February 23, 2018. For more detailed information and any inquiries related to RISE, please contact:

Jay Wagner
P 312.541.4741; F 312.541.4472; rise@ascp.org

To go to the RISE exam, click here.
To go to the Practice Exam, click here.
1. Do RISE scores correlate with the American Board of Pathology certifying examinations?
a. A two-year study published in 2011 showed a strong correlation between RISE results from the senior year of residency and subsequent first-time ABP certifying exam pass rates (Rinder et al., AJCP 2011).

2. Did the AJCP study determine what overall RISE score is predictive of passing the ABP Board certifying examination?
a. While no single RISE score can definitively predict whether or not one will pass Board examinations, the mean percentile for residents who passed all ABP certifying examinations was around the 65th percentile. A resident scoring in the top quartile of the RISE exam very rarely fails any ABP certifying examination. By contrast, between one-third and one-half of residents scoring in the bottom quartile of the RISE exam subsequently failed at least one ABP certifying examination. (Unlike the ABP examination, there is no practical section on the RISE. Glass slides and virtual slides are not available for the RISE test.)

3. Who writes the questions for the RISE exam? Are they the same folks that write ABP examination questions?
a. The ASCP RISE committee members and solicited expert volunteers from collaborating societies write RISE exam questions. These are never the same individuals that write questions for the Board examinations. The RISE questions are, however, intended to be similar in content and style to Board exam questions. Several subspecialty societies (e.g. NAME, ADASP, ACLPS, AABB, AANP, APF, SH, AMP, SPP, etc.) work in cooperation with the RISE committee members to write relevant, current questions. The RISE committee takes every extra step to ensure that questions are as flawless as possible. Nevertheless, rare questions on the RISE may be excluded from analysis, for various reasons. Questions on the RISE exam are grouped together by specialty. For example, an exam might have 40 clinical chemistry questions occurring sequentially.

4. When will my RISE results be delivered?
a. RISE results are emailed to participants sometime in mid-May. Even within a single program, residents may receive emailed results at slightly different times.

5. Will fellowship programs or potential employers ask about my RISE results?
a. Keep in mind that RISE scores are only a single measure of medical knowledge and are not to be used as the sole criterion for performance, promotion, employment, or acceptance into a position.

6. Can I get a glimpse of the format for the exam?
a. A practice exam is available online demonstrating the format of the exam (www.ascp.org/rise).

7. What is the overall breakdown of subjects on the RISE?
a. The exam is divided into three main sections: Anatomic Pathology (including Surgical Pathology, Autopsy/Forensic, and Cytopathology), Clinical Pathology (including Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, and Transfusion Medicine), and Special Topics (including Hematopathology, Lab Administration, and Special Techniques, the latter concentrating on Molecular Pathology and Diagnostics)

8. How long is the RISE and how much time do I have to complete it?
a. The RISE generally has around 350 questions. Completion time is 6 hours, including 2 hours 15 minutes for Anatomic Pathology, 2 hours 45 minutes for Clinical Pathology, and 1 hour for Special Topics.

9. I am an AP (or CP)-only resident, am I required to complete the entire exam?
a. A variety of configurations are offered, including the total exam for AP/CP (all 3 sections), AP + Special Topics (AP only), CP + Special Topics (CP only), and for rare individuals, Special Topics only. Confirm with your program director what sections you are expected to complete.


References:
Rinder HM et al. Senior Pathology Resident In-Service Examination Scores Correlate with Outcomes of the American Board of Pathology Certifying Examinations. AJCP 2011;136:499-506.

    Karen Frank, MD, PhD Chair
    National Institutes of Health

    Jonathan R. Genzen, MD, PhD (In-Coming Chair)
    ARUP Laboratories

    Nadine Aguilera, MD
    University of Virginia Health System

    C. Bruce Alexander, MD
    University of Alabama

    Beverly Baron, MD
    University of Chicago Hospitals

    Jason Baron, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD, D(ABMM), F(CCM)
    Washington Univ. School of Medicine

    Angella Charnot-Katsikas, MD
    University of Chicago Medical Center

    Nicole A. Cipriani, MD
    Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

    Eric A. Eason, MD
    Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

    Rochelle Garcia, MD
    Univ. of Washington Medical Center

    Julia Geyer, MD
    Weill Cornell Medicine

    John G. Howe, PhD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Giovanni Insuasti-Beltran, MD
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Tera Jones, MD
    Alberta Justice Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

    Samir Kahwash, MD
    Nationwide Children's Hospital

    Mark Kilgore, MD
    University of Washington Medical Center

    Diane Kowalski, MD
    Yale University School of Medicine

    Priya Kunju, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Wendy Lavezzi, MD
    Office of the District 5 Medical Examiner

    John Lee, MD, PhD
    NorthShore University Health System

    Christina Lockwood, PhD, DABCC, DABMGG
    University of Washington Medical Center

    Kruti P. Maniar, MD
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Med

    Kathleen T. Montone, MD
    University of Pennsylvania

    Theresa Nester, MD
    Bloodworks Northwest

    Ajit Paintal, MD
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    Octavia Palmer, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Kathryn Haden-Pinneri, MD
    Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

    Bobbi S. Pritt, MD, MSc, DTM&H
    Mayo Clinic

    Raja Rabah-Hammad, MD
    University of Michigan
    Andreana Rivera, MD
    Houston Methodist Hospital

    Christine G. Roth, MD
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Mohamed Salama, MD
    University of Utah

    Anjali Saqi, MD
    Columbia University Medical Center

    Rachel Sargent, MD
    The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Aliyah Sohani, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Charles White, III, MD
    The Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School

    Jeffrey Winters, MD
    Mayo Clinic


    2017 RISE Contributors


    Contributing Societies
    Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS)
    Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology (ADASP)
    AABB
    American Pathology Foundation (APF)
    American Society for Apheresis Graduate Medical Education Resources Subcommittee
    American Society of Cytopathology (ASC)
    Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)
    National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)
    Society for Hematopathology (SH)
    Society for Pediatric Pathology (SPP)
    The American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP)


    RISE Contributors




    David Alter, MD
    Spectrum Health - Blodgett Hospital

    John Anastasi, MD
    University of Chicago Medical Center

    Nicole Andeen, MD
    University of Washington Medical Center

    Henry Appleman, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Sophie Arbefeville, MD
    University of Minnesota

    Mike Bayerl, MD
    Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

    Katherine Berezowski, MD
    The George Washington University

    Mary Berg, MD
    Univ of Colorado Health Sciences Ctr

    Evan Bloch, MD, MS
    Blood Systems Research Institute

    Mike Borowitz, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

    Alfred W. Campbell, MD
    American Pathology Foundation

    Sheldon Campbell, MD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Michael J. Caplan, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Visa Chandrasekaran, MD
    Long Island University, Post Campus

    Anthony Chang, MD
    University of Chicago Medical Center

    Mark Cohen, MD
    University Hospitals Case Medical Center

    Kim Collins, MD
    Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office

    Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)
    University of Utah

    Fiona E. Craig, MD
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    John P. Crapanzano, MD
    Columbia University Medical Center

    Magdalena Czader, MD, PhD
    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Yiran Dai, MD
    Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital

    Amitava Dasgupta, PhD
    University of Texas-Houston Medical School

    John Donahue, MD
    Rhode Island Hosp/
    Warren Alpert Med School of Brown Univ

    Amy Duffield, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

    Joan Etzell, MD
    University of California, San Francisco

    James D. Faix, MD
    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Ladan Fazlollahi, MD
    Columbia University Medical Center

    Yuri Fedoriw, MD
    University of North Carolina

    Ronald D. Feld, PhD
    The University of Iowa

    Gregory N. Fuller, MD, PhD
    Univ of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr

    Mark K. Fung, MD, PhD
    University of Vermont

    Thomas Giordano, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Tamara Giorgadze, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Gerri S. Hall, PhD
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

    Joshua Hanson, MD
    University of New Mexico School of Medicine

    Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD
    Harvard Medical School

    Lewis A. Hassell, MD
    American Pathology Foundation

    Robert P. Hasserjian, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Shannon Haymond, PhD, DABCC
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Med

    John Higgins, MD
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Russell Higgins, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center

    Carol Holman, MD
    The University of Iowa

    Dawn B. Holmes, MD
    Denver Office of the Medical Examiner

    Pei Hui, MD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Anita Iyer, MD
    University of Vermont

    Colleen Jackson-Cook, MD
    VCU Medical Center

    Jesse Jaso, MD
    University of Texas

    Jeffrey Jhang, MD
    Mount Sinai Hospital

    Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD, DABCC
    University of Utah

    Michelle Jorden, MD
    Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner Office

    Loren Joseph, MD
    University of Chicago Medical Center

    Scott A. Kirkley, MD
    University of Rochester Medical Center

    J. Stacey Klutts, MD, PhD
    The University of Iowa

    Prasad R. Koduru, PhD
    North Shore University Hospital

    Sara Koenig, MD
    University of New Mexico School of Medicine

    Jolanta Kowalewska, MD
    University of Washington

    Lee Lehman, MD, PhD
    Montgomery County Coroner's Office

    Eric Loo, MD
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    David Lucas, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Nina Luning Prak, MD, PhD
    University of Pennsylvania

    David Lynch, MD
    University of New Mexico

    Michael A. Markey, MD
    Sparrow Forensic Pathology

    Marisa B. Marques, MD
    University of Alabama

    Carol Marshall, MD
    University of California, Davis Medical Center

    Shahla Masood, MD
    Univ of Florida College of Medicine

    Stephanie Mathews, MD
    University of North Carolina

    Andre Mattman, MD
    St Paul's Hospital

    Alexander McAdam, MD, PhD
    Boston Children's Hospital

    Jonathan McHugh, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Barbara J. McKenna, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Danny A. Milner Jr., MD
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Sara A. Monaghan, MD
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr

    Elizabeth A. Montgomery, MD
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

    William Morice, MD, PhD
    Mayo Clinic

    Christopher N. Otis, MD
    Tufts University

    Sherrie L. Perkins, MD, PhD
    University of Utah Health Sciences

    Peter Perrotta, MD
    Stony Brook University Hospital

    Vinodh Pillai, MD, PhD
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Vivien Powell, MSc, FIBMS
    NYU Langone Medical Center

    Olga Pozdnyakova, MD
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Joseph A. Prahlow, MD
    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Lori Proe, DO
    New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator
    Prabha Rajan, MD
    Loyola University Medical Center

    Daniel G. Remick, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Michael Riben, MD
    University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr

    Roger Riley, MD
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Henry M. Rinder, MD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Andreana Rivera, MD
    Houston Methodist Hospital

    Christopher Rogers, MD
    Los Angeles County Coroner

    Charles W. Ross, MD
    University of Michigan Hospitals

    Karen Ross, MD
    Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office

    Marianna Sandomirsky, MD
    Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office

    Kathleen Sazama, MD
    University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr

    Iris Schrijver, MD
    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Audrey N. Schuetz, MD
    Weill Cornell Medicine

    Joseph Schwartz, MD
    Columbia University Medical Center

    Mitchell Scott, PhD
    Washington University

    Suresh G. Shelat, MD PhD
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    James Shikle, MD
    Augusta University

    Mary K. Sidawy, MD
    Georgetown University

    Brian R. Smith, MD
    Yale School of Medicine

    W. Tait Stevens, MD
    Loma Linda University Medical Center

    Millicent Sutton, MD
    New York Blood Center

    Julie Teruya-Feldstein, MD
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Constantine Theoharis, MD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Elizabeth Van Cott, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Elizabeth Varga, MS, CGC
    Nationwide Children's Hospital

    Hind Warzecha, MD
    Universitätsklinikum Tübingen

    Jody Wayne, MS, MT(ASCP)SBBCM
    Mayo Clinic

    Noel Weidner, MD
    University of California, San Diego

    Mark R. Wick, MD
    University of Virginia

    Tamara Williams, MD
    University of Vermont

    Edward Wong, MD
    Childrens National Medical Center

    Alan Wu, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco

    YanYun Wu, MD, PhD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Hui-Min Yang, MD
    Columbia University Medical Center

    Margaret Yungbluth, MD
    St. Francis Hospital

    Da Zhang, MD
    University of Kansas Medical Center

    Linsheng Zhang, MD, PhD
    Emory University School of Medicine