THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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The American Board of Pathology (ABPath), as one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is committed to continuous professional development through its Continuing Certification (CC) Program. CC assists physicians in maintaining standards necessary for them to provide quality care throughout their careers. CC assures that the physician is committed to lifelong learning and competency in pathology. CC is a continuous process that begins January 1st in the year after inital board certification. It requires ongoing measurement of the six competencies adopted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the ABMS to ensure that all aspects of practice are evaluated and outcomes are measured. ABMS has incorporated assessment of these six competencies into the CC program. The six competencies are:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

All CC requirements and deadlines are based around a 10-Year Cycle and the year of enrollment in the CC Program. Diplomates issued certificates after 1/1/2006 are automatically enrolled in the program. Diplomates with non-time limited (lifetime) certificates issued prior to 1/1/2006 may voluntarily enroll in the CC Program at any time. All Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of ABPath are participating voluntarily in the CC Program.

Participating in the CC Program is done via PATHway. PATHway is the online platform uses to connect the board and pathologists. CC Program progress and participation is tracked on the CC Program and Board Correspondence pages in PATHway

The 10-Year Cycle

Continuing Certification 10-Year Cycle

Reporting forms must be submitted every two years after program enrollment. An assessment covering each certification being maintained must be passed by the end of every 10-Year Cycle. Reporting forms cover all certifications in the program. The assessment requirement is certificate specific.

A diplomate issued a primary certificate (AP/CP, AP only, CP only, or AP/NP) after 1/1/2006 must maintain their primary certificate in order to maintain any ABPath subspecialty certifications.

Fees

Each diplomate is assessed a fee for the establishment and maintenance of an electronic record of certification. The biennial fee is $100 per physician (not per certificate) and is linked to the electronic submission of each reporting form. The first payment of $100 is due at the end of the first 2-year reporting period and a fee of $100 is due at the end of each subsequent 2-year reporting period.

Registration for a Continuing Certification Examination session is $700. Registering for multiple examinations in the same sessions does not increase the cost.

Not Participating in the CC Program

Diplomates issued certificates after 1/1/2006 are automatically enrolled in the CC Program and must participate to keep their certifications valid. Diplomates are expected to remain current in their participation in the CC Program by satisfactorily completing all CC requirements and meeting all CC deadlines.

Please see the Meeting CC Requirements Late page for information related to late or non-participation in the CC Program.

Voluntary Program Enrollment

Although ABPath does not require diplomates with non-time limited certificates to participate in CC, it strongly encourages them to do so.  To voluntarily enroll in CC, the diplomate must send a request for enrollment to ABP-MOC@abpath.org.  The 10-year CC cycle will begin January 1st of the year following enrollment. Participation in CC by these diplomates does not affect lifetime certification(s) and cannot put their original certificate(s) in jeopardy of expiration.

As of July 2013, the ABPath’s Voluntary Recertification program is no longer available.  A diplomate with a non-time limited (lifetime) certificate who wants to take the Continuing Certification Examination or is required to pass a secure examination for licensure requirements must do so through the CC program.

Diplomates of ABPath are required to accurately state their certification status in curriculum vitae, publications, directories, letterheads, etc. A diplomate 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 ABPath when such is not the case, ABPath will notify appropriate authorities, including, but not limited to, credentialing agencies, licensing boards, and law enforcement agencies.

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