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  • Certification status reported to ABMS will contain the notation that a diplomate is either clinically active or clinically inactive.  The designation clinically inactive will apply to any diplomate who reports to the ABPath that they were not involved in direct or consultative patient care for the full twenty-four month CC reporting period.
    • Working forensic pathologists are not clinically inactive.
    • Diplomates in fellowship programs are not clinically inactive.
    • Pathologists working only in an academic, administrative, or research position may report as clinically inactive.
  • Diplomates reporting as clinically inactive for consecutive CC reporting periods must provide ABPath with a letter of explanation for the lapse in active practice.  Letters may be faxed to 813-289-5279 or e-mailed to
  • Diplomates reporting as clinically inactive are required to continue participating in CC in order to maintain current certification status.
    • They must continue to submit reporting forms to the ABPath every two years.
      • Reporting as Clinically Inactive waives Improvement in Medical Practice requirements and any applicable evaluations for that period.
    • They must meet the ABPath-approved Patient Safety Course requirement for each 10-Year Cycle.
    • They must continue to meet the Assessment requirement for each certificate enrolled in CC.

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