THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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Offering Activities Which Can Be Reported to ABPath's CC Program

Offering CME (Part II) Credit for ABPath's CC Program

All activities which award AMA Category I CME (CME) credits may be used by diplomates to meet their Lifelong Learning (Part II) CC Program requirements. We ask that 80% of an individual's reported CME credit be directly related to their scope of practice.

Providers Reporting to ABPath Through ACCME PARS

ABPath and ACCME collaborate to help accredited providers and diplomates. When providers register activities for ABPath's CC Program they are promoted on ACCME's CME Finder for diplomates to find. When providers later send learner completion records, those records are automatically reported for diplomates.

We ask providers to utilize ACCME PARS when offering any activity which appeals to pathologists. Manual reporting of activities by our diplomates is still possible at this time. This policy may be reconsidered once the majority of credits reported come from provider-verified records via PARS. Please see the CME that Counts for ABPath Continuing Certification page and ACCME Program Guide on ACCME's website for details. We ask that all providers begin reporting to ABPath through ACCME PARS or prepare to do so in the future.

Offering Activities Which Can Be Reported as SAM (Self-Assessment)

Self-Assessment Module (SAM) is an additional qualification providers can apply to an activity which already awards AMA Category I CME. Diplomates who are reporting CME activities to meet their Lifelong Learning (Part II) requirements must report at least 20 credits which are eligible to be reported to ABPath as SAM (self-assessment).

An activity, and the CME credits it award, are SAM-eligible when following the guidelines on ACCME's website and ABPath's SAM Provider Toolkit. What separates SAM-eligible activities is knowing that a pathologist has engaged with the educational material. This is done by using at least one method of evaluation with a defined standard of participation. Individual pathologists must be shown to have met the standard, with documentation of this fact retained by the provider. Any evaluation and materials for evaluation should be given in a timely manner after the activity ends.

Offering IMP (Part IV) Credit for ABPath's CC Program

Offering Activities Which Can Be Reported for Improvement in Medical Practice

Diplomates are asked to report at least one individual Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QA/PI) activity per year. Only certain types of activities are approved as QA/PI for purposes of ABPath's Improvement in Medical Practice (IMP) reporting. These activities include slide review programs from ABPath's Cooperating Societies and participation in a departmental or institutional quality assurance committee.

We ask providers to report individual QA/PI activities electronically to ABPath through ACCME PARS if the activity also awards AMA Category I CME, or through ABMS Portfolio Program. New activities can be approved on an individual basis by completing ABPath's IMP Activity Application or by being approved by ABPath through the ABMS Portfolio Program. Cooperating societies should contact ABPath directly and do not need to apply on an individual activity basis.

ABPath-Approved Societies for IMP Activities:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • COLA
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA)
  • Society for Pediatric Pathology
  • United States Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP)

Offering an ABPath-approved Patient Safety Course (PSC)

Courses which may be used to satisfy the CC Program's Patient Safety requirement must be approved by either ABPath or the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). AMA Category I CME awarded through Component I PSCs are SAM-eligible and the activity may count as an individual Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) activity when completed.

Application for ABPath PSC Approval

ABPath-approved  PSC Providers:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI: Open School)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSM)
  • National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)
  • National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)

ABPath Cooperating Societies

Please see our About the ABP page

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