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TAMPA, Fla., (November 2018)- The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) is offering all diplomates, including non-time-limited (lifetime) diplomates, free enrollment to participate in the ABPath CertLink® pilot program, an innovative approach to assessment of knowledge and judgment. Participation in this pilot is strongly encouraged and in no way jeopardizes lifetime certificate holders’ certification status, nor does it require their participation in the Continuing Certification (formerly MOC) program.

ABPath CertLink is an online program for longitudinal assessment to support continuous professional development. It is receiving high praise from diplomates as an eventual alternative to the Continuing Certification Part III Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills exam for maintaining certification.

Participants log in anytime to answer one or more of 15 multiple-choice questions assigned per quarter (q 3 months). They have 5 minutes to answer the question and can use any resources (e.g. internet, textbooks, journals) except another person. Diplomates then receive immediate feedback whether they answered the question correctly or incorrectly, a short narrative about the topic (critique), and references. There is customization allowing diplomates to select questions from practice (content) areas relevant to their practice.

The ABPath CertLink Pilot was developed in response to diplomates’ request to improve the Continuing Certification Part III experience, while also establishing that it is a reliable and valid assessment for making summative decisions about medical knowledge, judgment, and skills for Continuing Certification.

“We are receiving incredibly positive feedback that ABPath CertLink® better meets the needs of pathologists in their desire to deliver the best, most up-to-date care to patients. Enrollment in the program continues to grow and we would like to encourage all of our diplomates to participate in the pilot,” states Rebecca L. Johnson, M.D., CEO of the American Board of Pathology.

To support non-time-limited (lifetime) diplomates as they pursue continuous improvement, ABPath is offering free enrollment in ABPath CertLink® for the duration of the pilot program. ABPath CertLink offers exposure to current and relevant information to support diplomates’ lifelong learning. It also helps fulfill the ABPath mission to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by promoting lifelong competency of pathologists.
To enroll or for more information on ABPath CertLink™, visit or contact Kasey Davis, ABPath CertLink® Coordinator, at

The mission of the American Board of Pathology, 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. Founded in 1936, the ABPath accomplishes this mission by establishing certification and continuing certification standards and assessing the qualifications of those seeking to obtain voluntary certification in the specialty of pathology. For more information, visit or call (813) 286-2444.


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