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American Board of Pathology

The mission of the ABPath, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists.



In response to feedback from our Diplomates participating in Continuing Certification (CC), formerly known as Maintenance of Certification (MOC), ABPath continues to modify the CC Program to be more relevant and valuable. There is growing emphasis in adult education and learning on the use of frequent, longitudinal assessments with retesting of key content as a means of increasing and improving retention. Longitudinal assessment models represent an evolution from traditional, point-in-time exams. Participation in the pilot will allow our Diplomates to have a voice and active role in shaping the next generation of CC Assessment.



ABPath Certlink™ will present multiple choice questions to participating Diplomates, then provide immediate feedback, an essential element in learning and retention. Diplomates will have a personalized dashboard summarizing performance and identifying areas of strength and weakness. The ABPath's goal is to improve our Diplomates' CC experience with a reliable and valid assessment that allows for credible summative decisions about medical knowledge, judgment, and skills for continuing certification. 

Participants will answer multiple-choice questions every three months. Once a question is answered, Diplomates will be asked how relevant that question is to the general practice of pathology, how relevant the question is to their practice, and how confident they were of their answer. Diplomates then receive immediate feedback with the correct answer, a short narrative about the topic, and references. If they answered the question incorrectly, they then have an opportunity to answer the question a second time.



The ABPath CertLink pilot is open to all Diplomates. However, until we have enough question variety Diplomates cannot expect items will always be relevant to their subspecialty. After an anticipated pilot period of 3-5 years, during which the practicality, validity, and reliability will be assessed, it's anticipated that ABPath Certlink™ can be offered as an alternative to the current CC exam.



You can get involved now! To register, log into your PATHway click on the ABPath CertLink tab on the top row, and follow the instructions.



The ABPath CertLink program can be accessed through Internet-connected devices such as computers and tablets. Due to the image-rich nature of our questions, we do not recommend the use of smartphones at this time.

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