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The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) is pleased to offer a new status for retired, formerly board-certified pathologists. Current ABPath policy requires that diplomates must maintain a medical license and participate in Continuing Certification (if required) in order to remain board certified. This new status of “Retired” will allow those former diplomates to remain certified. Certification with an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) memberboard is a significant achievement. ABPath can now continue to recognizephysicians as board-certified diplomates even after they have stopped practicingmedicine and no longer maintain their medical license and no longer participate in Continuing Certification.

A diplomate with the Retired status will be listed publicly as Retired with the ABPath and on the ABMS Certification Matters website.

Requirements to be eligible for Retired status with ABPath:

  • A Diplomate is no longer being actively engaged in direct, indirect, and/or consultative patient care, overseeing medical laboratories, or supervising/ teaching in a medical field.
  • Diplomate is not performing any function for which board certification or medical licensure is required.
  • Diplomate is in good standing with the ABPath. Good standing for the purpose of the Retired status means the following:
    • No medical license restrictions or disciplinary issues, pending or otherwise, in any jurisdiction where the diplomate holds a license.
    • No disciplinary actions, pending or otherwise, by the ABPath.
    • Current participation in the Continuing Certification (CC) Program if applicable

Retired status may be requested from ABPath by any current diplomate who would like to be listed as such with the ABPath. To apply, complete the Request for Retired Status Application on the ABPath website at


For questions or assistance on changing diplomate status, please email

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