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Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

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Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

The examination in blood banking/transfusion medicine is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Blood Banking/Transfusion Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II, III) 310 7 Hrs

 

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes graphs, charts, formulas, diagrams, tables, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

Blood Banking Transfusion Medicine Exam Blueprint

 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Chemical Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

 Subspecialty Exam Information and Daily Schedules will be provided as soon as applicable.

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Chemical Pathology
The examination in chemical pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Chemical Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 300 7 Hrs

 

A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes graphs, charts, formulas, diagrams, tables, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

Chemical Pathology Exam Blueprint 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Chemical Pathology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Clinical Informatics

 

Clinical Informatics Exam Application by Experience only

Exam Application by Experience 

Prometric Centers Examination Schedule Information

Description of Examination/Blueprint

Examination Content Outline -content supplied by American Board of Preventive Medicine

 

Cytopathology

Daily Examination Schedule


Cytopathology

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Cytopathology

The examination in cytopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Cytopathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 240 4 Hrs 45 Mins
Micro/Virtual 60 3 Hrs 30 Mins

 

All questions are multiple-choice, single-best answer format. The questions are designed to assess the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. Written questions include theoretical, practical, administrative, technical, and regulatory aspects of cytopathology relative to disease processes and patient care. The practical questions include interpretive and problem-solving aspects of cytopathology, including cytologic-histologic correlation. The microscopic examination requires using locator skills, diagnostic interpretation, and correlation with histologic and clinical findings. The glass slides are not dotted; candidates need to be prepared to screen the slides independently, in order to assess both locator and interpretive skills. Some of the virtual microscopy cervical/anal cytology slides will be dotted and some of the FNA and non-gynecologic slides may be dotted.

Subject areas include, but are not limited to:

Gynecologic Cytopathology

Non-gynecologic and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytopathology; all body sites

 Laboratory Management/Administration

Laboratory accreditation requirements, quality assurance, safety, federal laws and agency regulations, competency, physician credentialing, Continuing Certification, litigation, validation, statistics relevant to health care, informatics, digital pathology, billing and coding

 

2021 Examination Blueprint

Cytopathology Exam Blueprint - For maximum viewing, download the pdf once you open it.

 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Cytopathology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Dermatopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Dermatopathology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Dermatopathology
The examination in dermatopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written and practical sections. The practical section is composed of a microscopic section(traditional and virtual) and an image section. The examination is administered as follows:


Section                                                           #Questions                                                                    Time


Written                                                                    60                                                                      1 hours

Practical:

    Images                                                                120                                                                       2.5 hours

    Microscopic/virtual                                              90/30                                                               4.5 hours


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes images of gross lesions and special technical subjects including immunofluorescent, histochemical, microbiologic, and cytologic preparations.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

Dermatopathology Examination Blueprint

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Dermatopathology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Forensic Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule


Forensic Pathology

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Forensic Pathology
The examination in forensic pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Forensic Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 250 4 Hrs
Micro/Virtual 55 3 Hrs

 


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. Questions related to microscopic slides may be accompanied by an image or images (scene photograph, gross photograph, radiograph, etc). The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

Forensic Pathology Exam Blueprint 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Forensic Pathology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Hematopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Hematopathology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Hematopathology
The examination in hematopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Hematopathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 250 4 Hrs 15 Mins
Micro/Virtual 45 2 Hrs 45 Mins

 

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes blood and bone marrow smears, imprints, and tissue sections.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

 

 Hematopathology Exam Blueprint

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Hematopathology Abbreviations and Terminology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Medical Microbiology

Daily Examination Schedule

Medical Microbiology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Medical Microbiology
The examination in medical microbiology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Medical Microbiology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 340 7 Hrs

 

 

A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

 Medical Microbiology Exam Blueprint

 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Medical Microbiology  Abbreviations

Medical Microbiology Terminology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Molecular Genetic Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Molecular Genetic Pathology

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Molecular Genetic Pathology
The examination in molecular genetic pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Molecular Genetic Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II, III) 270 7 Hrs

 


 

A candidate must pass both written and practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. Questions may include karyotypes, gels, graphs, pedigrees, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

 Molecular Genetic Pathology Exam Blueprint

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Molecular Genetic Pathology Abbreviations and Terminology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Neuropathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Neuropathology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Neuropathology
The examination in neuropathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Neuropathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 190 3 Hrs 30 Mins
Micro/Virtual 66 3 Hrs 30 Mins

 


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

Neuropathology Examination Blueprint 

 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Neuropathology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Pediatric Pathology 

Daily Examination Schedule

Pediatric Pathology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Pediatric Pathology
The examination in pediatric pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Pediatric Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical (I, II) 190 3 Hrs 30 Mins
Micro/Virtual 70 3 Hrs 30 Mins

 

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The written examination includes theoretical, practical, and interpretive aspects of pediatric pathology relative to disease processes and patient care. The practical examination includes images of gross specimens, cytogenetic preparations, graphs, charts, and special histochemical and other techniques. The microscopic examination includes tissue sections and hematologic and cytologic smears pertaining to diagnosis, implications, and prognosis.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

2021 Examination Blueprint

Pediatric Pathology Exam Blueprint 

 

2021 Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Pediatric Pathology Abbreviations and Terminology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics