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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

MOC Login Information
MOC Instructions for PATHway
MOC Booklet of Information
MOC Powerpoint Presentation

MOC Content Specifications
MOC Examination Blueprints
MOC Examination Modules
MOC Subspecialty Examination    Blueprints
MOC Sample Questions:
   Anatomic Pathology
   Clinical Pathology

MOC 10-Year Cycle Requirements Summary

Society-Sponsored Programs Approved by the ABP for MOC PART IV

ABP-Approved SAMs Providers

ABMS-Approved Patient Safety Courses for MOC Requirements

MOC PART IV Institution/Department Application Form

Content Specifications

The American Board of Pathology (ABP) has separate Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology Content Specification Committees, consisting of both trustees and other pathologists with broad expertise in anatomic and/or clinical pathology. The content specifications are designed to be a guide for pathologists who are participating in AP and/or CP MOC programs. Subspecialty content specifications are prepared by the Test Development and Advisory Committee for that subspecialty.

The topics listed are those that the Committees feel represent new, validated practical knowledge that the practicing pathologist or subspecialist should know. The lists also include fundamental knowledge that is basic to practice. The committees have provided references in many of these areas. The list of references does not imply endorsement of the content, journal, article, or author by the ABP.

The content specifications are provided as a guideline for study and review. The MOC examination will include many of these topics; however, the diplomate should neither infer that any particular topic will appear on the examination, nor that the examination will be limited only to the topics on the lists.

Please send any comments to for comments on content specifications.

Anatomic Pathology

New Validated Practical Knowledge
Fundamental Knowledge

Clinical Pathology

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Chemical Pathology
Hemostasis and Coagulation
Laboratory Administration and Operations
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Genetic Pathology


Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Forensic Pathology
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Genetic Pathology
Pediatric Pathology