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ABPath CertLink© (ABPCL) is an online longitudinal assessment designed to support continuous learning and professional development. If you were certified in 2006 or later, you are registered for ABPCL as a part of the Continuing Certification (CC) program although ABPCL is open to any diplomate of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath). Meeting ABPCL requirements during a 10-year CC Cycle will satisfy the cycle's Assessment requirement for all certifications registered.

Tutorial videos about how to use the CertLink© platform can be found in a playlist on ABPath’s YouTube channel. ABPCL registration, status, and all other aspects of the CC Program can be found in PATHway.

ABPath CertLink Overview

What Is a Longitudinal Assessment?

A longitudinal assessment is designed to assess an individual’s knowledge over time. Answering groups of questions every three months allows the assessment to be continuous, identify knowledge gaps, promote educational opportunities, and allow for remediation.

Using ABPCL to Meet the CC Assessment Requirement

Diplomates should:

  • Design their assessment to best fit their knowledge and practice.
    • A custom assessment can be created from over 30 Practice Areas. The ABPath CertLink® Practice Areas and the topics covered in each can be viewed here.
  • Complete the assigned ABPCL questions each quarter.
  • Use any resources available to them while answering a question other than talking to another person.
  • Read the critique after answering a question.
  • Agree to maintain a fair and secure assessment process.

How Do I Access ABPCL?

Registration for ABPCL can be done through your PATHway account. After you are registered, ABPCL can be accessed by logging in through either the ABPCL homepage or the CertLink® app. 

The ABPCL mobile app is available for download on tablets through the Google Play and Apple App Stores; it has not been approved for use on smartphones. Since the app is approved for tablets only, it will only be displayed and accessible in the app store for tablet devices; participants may not see it as an available app from a smartphone.

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Click below to view the ABPCL app on:

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Google Play Store

How Does ABPCL Work?

  • Between fifteen and twenty-five questions are assigned every three months.
  • Questions may be answered at any time during a quarter. All questions do not have to be completed at the same time.
  • Any resource may be used to answer a question except speaking with another person.
  • Each question has a five-minute time limit and must be answered once started.
  • Immediate feedback is given after answering a question including a critique explaining the question.
  • A second attempt is offered after answering a question incorrectly. ABPath encourages the use of the second attempt after reading the critique provided. This works as part of ABPCL’s built-in feedback and knowledge reinforcement methods. This second attempt is for educational purposes only and does not change the original answer.

For complete information please see the ABPCL Requirements page.

Claiming CME Credits for ABPCL Participation

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If you are participating in ABPath CertLink® (ABPCL), you can now claim up to 5 SAM-eligible CME credits for participation during 2019. Credits are claimed through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) in collaboration with the American Board of Pathology (ABPath). You do not have to be a member of ASCP to claim these credits. 
Credits for 2019 can be claimed up until December 31, 2020 and will be applied to the next CC reporting form (2020 or 2021 depending on your initial certification year). Credit is 1.25 hours per completed quarter, which is defined as attempting all questions assigned by ABPCL for that quarter. There is a $19 ASCP processing fee payable to ASCP to receive your CME/SAM credits and transcript.  Make sure your colleagues who also answered ABPCL questions last year know to claim their credit!

How to Claim Your CME/SAM Credits:
1. Click this link to the ABPath CertLink® 2019 CME Credit Redemption product page on the ASCP website.

2. Add this product to your cart and complete your purchase, logging in when prompted. Your ASCP account will automatically award the correct number of credits based on your 2019 ABPCL participation.

*NOTE: If you have an existing ASCP account, log in when prompted. If you are not an ASCP member, do not have an ASCP account or do not know your login information, please select ‘Forgot Username/Password’ and follow the prompts to receive a password re-set link via email. This will ensure your ABPCL credits are awarded properly. You can also contact ASCP Customer Service for further assistance, during regular business hours.

3. You may also choose to have your credits automatically appear in your ABPath PATHway account at no additional cost. To have credits claimed through ASCP transferred electronically to ABPath via the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education Program and Activity Reporting System (ACCME PARS):

1. When logged in to www.ascp.org, navigate to your Dashboard by clicking ‘Dashboard’ in the top menu of any page.
2. Click the ‘Profile & Settings’ menu item.
3. From the Profiles & Settings popup, click the ‘Privacy’ tab.
4. Under ‘ABPath Preferences’, check the ‘Allow my transcript information to be sent to ACCME’ checkbox.
5. Click ‘Save’.

*NOTE: Please allow up to 1 month for transcript data to be transferred. 

If you have any questions about the ABPCL program, please email abpath@mycertlink.org.

ABPCL CME Information and Disclosure to Learners

Can I participate in ABPCL if I do not have to maintain my certifications?

Yes! ABPath encourages diplomates who hold lifetime certifications to answer ABPCL questions. Lifetime diplomates are also able to claim CME credit for their participation.

For assistance or questions regarding ABPCL,  email abpath@mycertlink.org.

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