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Certification By The ABP
The ABP issues primary certificates in the fields of Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology.
Subspecialty certificates are issued in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Chemical Pathology,
Clinical Informatics (in conjunction with the American Board of Preventive Medicine), Cytopathology,
Hematology, Dermatopathology (in conjunction with the American Board of Dermatology), Forensic Pathology,
Medical Microbiology, Molecular Genetic Pathology (in conjunction with the American Board of Medical Genetics),
Neuropathology, and Pediatric Pathology. The ABP also issues certificates attesting to the voluntary
recertification of previously certified Diplomates who hold a primary certificate by this Board.
I. The granting of a certificate to a physician by the ABP denotes that the pathologist is a physician who has:
A. Successfully completed a graduate medical education program in pathology or a pathology subspecialty
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or a program in pathology
accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) (the ABP does not accept
Canadian subspecialty training),
II. Subspecialty Certification. Pathology is a broad discipline; therefore, it is appropriate that some certified pathologists seek greater knowledge and expertise in one of the component areas of pathology. Pathologists with subspecialty certification may choose to limit their activities entirely or in part to a specific area of competence or they may place special emphasis on it in their practices. The achievement of subspecialty certification does not reflect on the ability of other pathologists to practice in that area.
III. Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Primary and subspecialty certificates issued by the ABP after January 1, 2006 are time-limited (10 years). Diplomates with one or more time-limited certificates must participate in and successfully complete the ABP MOC process (see MOC Booklet of Information). Failure to meet the ongoing MOC requirements will result in early expiration of certification.
IV. Certification Status. Diplomates of the ABP are required to accurately state their certification status in curriculum vitae, publications, directories, letterhead, etc. A diplomate with a time-limited certificate whose certificate has expired must not claim to be board certified, and all descriptions of certification status must be modified accordingly. If an individual represents that he/she is certified by the ABP when such is not the case, the ABP will notify appropriate authorities, including but not limited to credentialing agencies, licensing boards, and law enforcement agencies.
A. Applicant. An applicant is an individual who has never applied for a certifying examination, or whose application
was previously not approved for that examination.