THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.

7:45 a.m.

Instructions and Computer Practice Examination  

8:00 a.m.  

Written Examination (2 hours) 

Break  

All candidates must leave examination room. 

10:15 a.m. 

Practical Examination Part I (2½ hours) 

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

1:45 p.m. Practical Examination Part II (2½ hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

The examination in blood banking/transfusion medicine is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections of the examination administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    120                                                                      2 hours

Practical I                                                                 95                                                                    2.5 hours

Practical II                                                                95                                                                    2.5 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes graphs, charts, formulas, diagrams, tables, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Blood, Plasma, Components donor criteria; collection and storage; processing, labeling, and storage; indications for use; and consultation
  • Immunohematology, Genetics, Transplantation blood groups, antigen/antibody detection and identification, immune hemolytic anemias, hemolytic disease of the newborn, tissue and organ transplantation and consultation, compatibility testing, tissue banking
  • Transfusion Practices and Sequelae blood component therapy; specific clinical aspects, indications, and consultation; transfusion techniques; sequelae; and consultation
  • Hemapheresis, Donor Apheresis, Therapeutic Apheresis clinical indications and consultation, procedures and techniques, complications and consultations
  • History, Administration, Management, and Regulation AABB standards, FDA regulations, quality control and assurance, general management principles

Examination Blueprint

BBTM 11 22 16

Chemical Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination

8:00 a.m.  

Practical Examination (5 hours) 

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

2:00 p.m.  Written Examination (2 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Chemical Pathology
The examination in chemical pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    100                                                                        2 hours

Practical                                                                  200                                                                        5 hours


A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes graphs, charts, formulas, diagrams, tables, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Laboratory administrative and management requirements and practices
  • Patient preparation and specimen collection
  • Standards and units of measurement
  • Calculations and statistics
  • Quality control
  • Instrumentation and equipment
  • Analytic methods and techniques
  • Disorders of metabolism
  • Electrolyte and acid/base disorders
  • Serum protein and coagulation abnormalities
  • Chemical disorders and clinical aspects of organ and system diseases
  • Diagnostic application of laboratory data
  • Screening and home-testing procedures
  • Drug abuse, overdose, and testing
  • Patient care decision-making and consultation

Examination Blueprint

CHM BP 11 21 16

Clinical Informatics

  • Certification in Clinical Informatics is a joint and equal function of the ABP and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).
  • Applications using practice/experience in lieu of training will be accepted through 2022.
  • Examinations are administered at Prometric Centers. 

Prometric Centers Examination Schedule Information

  • Examinations are administered at Prometrics examination Centers. More information to follow.

Cytopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination 

8:00 a.m. 

Microscopic/Virtual Examination (3 hours)

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

12:00 p.m. 

 Written Examination (1¾ hours) 

Break 

 All candidates must leave the examination room. 

2:00 p.m.  Practical Examination (3 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Cytopathology
The examination in cytopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion (traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    110                                                                    1.75 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                140                                                                         3 hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                             40/10                                                                       3 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best- answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The written examination includes theoretical, practical, administrative, regulatory, and interpretive and problem solving aspects of cytopathology relative to disease processes and patient care. The practical examination (images) includes interpretive and problem-solving aspects of cytologic specimens, including questions about disease processes. The microscopic examination includes diagnosis and correlation with histologic and clinical findings and may include virtual images. The glass slides are not dotted; candidates need to be prepared to screen the slides independently.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  •   Gynecologic Cytopathology
    • Cytology Reporting Guidelines and Morphology
    • Sample Collection, Preparation and Screening Methods and Ancillary testing
    • Screening, Prevention and Management Guidelines
  • Non gynecologic and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytopathology
    • Specimens obtained from the urinary system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, breast, central nervous system, and solid organs
    • Includes morphology of normal, reactive, infectious, and neoplastic specimen
    • Includes sample collection (techniques, indications) and processing (direct smears, liquid based preparations, cell blocks, and touch imprints prepared by air drying, alcohol or formalin fixation) as well as ancillary studies (histochemical/ immunochemical stains, flow cytometry, molecular testing)
    • Includes applicable Technical aspects, Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, Diagnostic Interpretations, Management, Prognostic significance
  • Laboratory Management/Administration
    • Laboratory Accreditation, Quality Assurance Practices, Safety, Federal Agency Guidelines, Competency, Physician Credentialing, Litigation, Validation, Statistics, Billing

Examination Blueprint

 

CYTO BP 3 23 17

 

Dermatopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination 

8:00 a.m.

Microscopic/Virtual Examination (4¼ hours)

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

1:15 p.m.  

Written Examination (1½ hours) 

Break 

 All candidates must leave the examination room. 

3:00 p.m.  Practical Examination (2 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Dermatopathology
The examination in dermatopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic section(traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    90                                                                      1.5 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                106                                                                       2 hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                              91/15                                                               4.25 hours


A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes images of gross lesions and special technical subjects including immunofluorescent, histochemical, microbiologic, and cytologic preparations.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnostic dermatopathology and relative clinical and laboratory knowledge
  • Gross and microscopic diagnosis of skin disorders by direct visual inspection and light, fluorescent, and electron microscopy and histochemical, bacteriologic, mycologic, virologic,and entomologic preparations
  • Laboratory management, quality assessment and assurance, patient care decision making, and consultation

Examination Blueprint

DP BP 11 22 16

Forensic Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination 

8:00 a.m.

Microscopic/Virtual Examination (3 hours) 

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

12:00 p.m. 

Written Examination (1½ hours) 

Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

1:45 p.m. Practical Examination (2½ hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Forensic Pathology
The examination in forensic pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion(traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    115                                                                      1.5 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                135                                                                      2.5 hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                              45/5                                                                        3 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. Questions related to microscopic slides may be accompanied by an image or images (scene photograph, gross photograph, radiograph, etc). The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Pathology and interpretation of natural disease, therapy, and trauma
  • Interpretation of injury patterns and stigmata
  • Pathology and certification of natural and violent deaths
  • Interpretation of clinical and postmortem chemistries and toxicologies
  • Molecular biology, forensic odontology, physical anthropology
  • Criminalistics, public health, jurisprudence, management, and safety

Examination Blueprint

FP BP

 

Hematopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination 

8:00 a.m. 

Microscopic/Virtual Examination (2¾ hours) 

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

11:45 a.m. 

Written Examination (1 ¾ hours) 

Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

1:45 p.m.  Practical Examination (2 ½ hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Hematopathology
The examination in hematopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion (traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    125                                                                      1.75 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                125                                                                      2.5 hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                              40/5                                                                    2.75 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes blood and bone marrow smears,imprints, and tissue sections.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Methodology
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Erythrocyte disorders
  • Leukocyte disorders
  • Lymph node disorders
  • Blood vessels and hematologic disorders
  • Platelets and platelet disorders
  • Blood coagulation
  • Patient care decision making and consultation

Examination Blueprint

HM BP 11 29 2016

Medical Microbiology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination 

8:00 a.m. 

Practical Examination (4 hours)

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

1:00 p.m.  Written Examination (3 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Medical Microbiology
The examination in medical microbiology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                  190                                                                          3 hours

Practical with Images                                            150                                                                          4 hours


 

A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical microbiology administrative and management practices
  • Quality control and infection prevention
  • Taxonomy, classification, and nomenclature
  • Collection, handling, and processing of specimens
  • Pathogenic mechanisms of infectious diseases and host-parasite relationships
  • Antimicrobial mechanisms of action and susceptibility testing
  • Media reagents and stains
  • Aerobic bacteria: Cultural and morphologic characteristics and infections
  • Anaerobic bacteria: Cultural and morphologic characteristics and infections
  • Spirochetes: Morphologic characteristics and infections
  • Fungi: Cultural and morphologic characteristics and infections
  • Viruses and Rickettsia: Cultural and morphologic characteristics and infections
  • Parasites: Morphologic characteristics and infections
  • Historical aspects of medical microbiology
  • Patient care decision making and consultation

Examination Blueprint

MMB BP 11 21 16

Molecular Genetic Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration.  A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination

8:00 a.m. 

Practical Examination (2½ hours) 

Break 

 All candidates must leave the examination room. 

10:45 a.m. 

Written Examination (1½ hours) 

Lunch Break 

 All candidates must leave the examination room. 

1:15 p.m.  Practical with Images Examination (3 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Molecular Genetic Pathology
The examination in molecular genetic pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                   90                                                                       1.5 hours

Practical                                                                 90                                                                     2.5  hours

Practical with Images                                             90                                                                         3 hours


 

A candidate must pass both written and practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. Questions may include karyotypes, gels, graphs, pedigrees, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Normal structure/function, basic molecular techniques/methods, human genetic principles including DNA/RNA structure, transcription/translation, types of mutation and their detection, gene structure and function, population and risk calculation
  • Quality improvement, quality control, quality assurance and ethical, legal, and regulatory issues relating to molecular genetic laboratory testing
  • Inherited disorders of single and multiple genes and genes of mitochondrial origin
  • Neoplastic diseases and other acquired disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Identity testing, histocompatibility, immunologic diseases, and forensic testing

Examination Blueprint

MGP BP 2 24 17

Neuropathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration. A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination

8:00 a.m.

Microscopic/Virtual Examination (3½ hours)

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

12:30 p.m. 

Written Examination (1½ hours)

Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

2:15 p.m.  Practical Examination (2 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Neuropathology
The examination in neuropathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion (traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    80                                                                      1.5 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                105                                                                         2 hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                              60/5                                                                     3.5 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnostic neuropathology and patient care consultation
  • Theoretical, investigative, and administrative aspects of neuropathology
  • Specimens from the central or peripheral nervous systems, muscles, and organs of special senses
  • Relevant areas of general pathology

Examination Blueprint

NP BP 11 21 16

Pediatric Pathology 

Daily Examination Schedule

Please be ready to enter the exam center at the times listed below.

7:30 a.m.  Registration. A photo ID is required for admittance.
7:45 a.m.  Instructions and Computer Practice Examination

8:00 a.m. 

Microscopic/Virtual Examination (3½ hours) 

Lunch Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

12:30 a.m. 

Written Examination (1 ½ hours) 

Break 

All candidates must leave the examination room. 

2:15 p.m.  Practical Examination (2 hours)

 

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Description of Examination

The ABP uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABP does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Pediatric Pathology
The examination in pediatric pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion (traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    90                                                                         1.5 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                100                                                                         2  hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                              55/10                                                                     3.5 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The written examination includes theoretical, practical, and interpretive aspects of pediatric pathology relative to disease processes and patient care. The practical examination includes images of gross specimens, cytogenetic preparations, graphs, charts, and special histochemical and other techniques. The microscopic examination includes tissue sections and hematologic and cytologic smears pertaining to diagnosis, implications, and prognosis.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Embryologic development and pathology of organ systems
  • Abnormalities of the placenta and amniotic fluid
  • Cytogenetic techniques and interpretations
  • Perinatal and iatrogenic problems
  • Congenital malformations and complexes
  • Metabolic and immunologic principles and disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neoplasia and neoplastic diseases
  • Handling and processing of specimens, special histochemical procedures, labeling of cells, flow cytometry, DNA hybridization, DNA imaging, and other techniques using DNA probes
  • Pathogenesis and prognostic significance of diseases in tissue specimens, cytologic smears, and electron micrographs
  • Pediatric aspects of other areas of pathology, including neuropathology, hematology, blood banking/transfusion medicine, microbiology, chemical pathology, and forensic pathology
  • Laboratory management and quality assurance and their implementation

Examination Blueprint

PP BP 11 29 16

 

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