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Improvement in Medical Practice Overview

Each pathologist must participate in at least two PI/QA activities or programs per two-year period appropriate for their principal professional activities. An activity option can only be reported once per year. The only exception is the ABMS Portfolio Program which will count for every year cover by an activity's reported duration.

  • Participated in CLIA mandated cytology proficiency testing and passed.
  • Was an inspector for a Laboratory Accreditation Agency.
  • Meaningfully participated in a departmental or institutional quality committee (e.g., transfusion, infection control, patient safety, etc.).
  • Participated in an ABPath-approved slide review program (e.g., CAP’s PIP, ASCP’s CheckPath, etc.).
  • Participated in a QA/PI program sponsored by your institution/department approved by ABPath for IMP credit.
  • Participated in a society-sponsored QA/PI program which counts for IMP.
  • Engaged in one or more activities to better understand the COVID-19 virus.
  • Participated in an activity reported through the ABMS Portfolio Program.
  • Implemented a Choosing Wisely, and/or other test utilization, recommendation/initiative at your practice or institution.
  • Participated in a Joint Commission OPPE at your practice or institution approved by ABPath for IMP credit.
  • A peer reviewed publication that improves practice or patient care (first, second, or senior author). This activity counts as a PI/QA activity for the year of publication.
  • Program Director or Associate Program Director for an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program who initiates an activity that improves medical education.

Individual (PI/QA) Activity Approval Forms

Improvement in Medical Practice Individual Activity Approval Forms

Application forms are available below for approval of departmental PI/QA activities or OPPE that are not part of a previously-approved program.  These forms and supporting documentation should be submitted to ABPath for approval determination before being reported by the diplomate to meet the IMP requirement.

ABPath reserves the right to audit a pathologist’s participation in PI/QA activities and may require documentation to be submitted by the diplomate.


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