THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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An applicant is declared board eligible for examination only after an application has been received and approved by the Credentials Committee. Applicant's board eligibility information will be posted in the My Profile tab of PATHway.

  • Candidates for Primary Certification (AP and/or CP) 
    • An applicant is declared board eligible for examination only after an application has been received and approved by the Credentials Committee. Applicant’s board eligibility information will be posted in their
      “My Profile” tab on their PATHway account.

    • Applicants for primary certification must obtain certification within their period of eligibility, which is five years from the completion of training. After five years, additional training will be required.
      a. A board-eligible candidate may take the examination as many times as it is given during the period of board eligibility.

  • Candidates for Subspecialty Certification 

Subspecialty applicants completing training on or after January 1, 2019 must obtain certification within their period of board eligibility, which is seven years from the completion of training. After seven
years, additional training will be required.

The period of eligibility for Subspecialty certification for those that completed training before 2019 is 5 years from the completion of subspecialty training or primary certification, whichever is later.

  • At any time after declaring an applicant board eligible for examination, the Credentials Committee, at its discretion, may withdraw such board eligibility or, as a condition, may require that the applicant satisfy specified conditions. In the exercise of its discretion under this regulation, the Credentials Committee will be entitled to act without reason assigned.
  • If it is determined that an applicant has (a) falsified information or has withheld material information in connection with his or her application or in any other representation to the ABPath or any committee thereof, including, but not limited to an applicant’s failure to report any revocation or suspension of, or limitation to, his or her license as required in the Medical Licensure Section, or (b) misrepresented to any third party his or her status as a diplomate of the ABP, and/or (c) engaged in irregular behavior, the applicant will not be approved for the certifying examination and will be ineligible to file a new application for a period of up to 3 years.

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