THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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  • ABMS Core Competencies:  Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice
  • Part IV requirements must be reported to ABPath every two years via PATHway, except for peer attestations which are only required in the 4th and 8th years of the CC cycle.

Laboratory Accreditation

  • ABPath encourages voluntary accreditation of all laboratories and regards such accreditation as a very important part of systems-based practice.
  • Accreditation status of the laboratory with which a diplomate is primarily associated must be reported to ABPath every two years.
  • The accrediting agency must be appropriate for the diplomate’s scope of practice, such as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists, American Association of Blood Banks, the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Laboratory Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance (PI/QA)

  • Each laboratory with which a pathologist is associated must participate in inter-laboratory performance improvement and quality assurance programs appropriate for the spectrum of anatomic and clinical laboratory procedures performed in that laboratory.
  • Inter-laboratory performance improvement and quality assurance programs are often a requirement of accreditation.  In such cases, the proficiency testing program that is part of the accreditation process will meet the laboratory PI/QA.
  • Programs recognized and approved to meet this requirement include those sponsored by a Cooperating Society of ABPath.

Individual Pathologist Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance (PI/QA)

Each individual pathologist must participate in at least one PI/QA activity or program per year appropriate for their principal professional activities. Examples of activities that meet this requirement include:

  • participation in annual cytology proficiency examination that meets the CLIA requirement
  • participation as an inspector for a laboratory accreditation agency
  • participation in a departmental or institutional quality assurance committee (e.g., transfusion, infection control, patient safety, etc.)
  • participation in an ABP-approved society’s slide review program (e.g., CAP’s PIP quarterly slide review programs, etc.)

  • having a peer reviewed publication (first, second, or senior author)

Please see the reporting forms in PATHway for complete IMP reporting options.

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

Application forms are available below for approval of laboratory, individual, or 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 CC Improvement in Medical Practice requirements.

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