THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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  • Certification status reported to ABMS will contain the notation that a diplomate is either clinically active or clinically inactive.  The designation clinically inactive will apply to any pathologist who reports to the ABP that he/she was not involved in direct or consultative patient care for the full twenty-four month MOC reporting period.
    • Working forensic pathologists are not clinically inactive.
    • Diplomates in fellowship programs are not clinically inactive.
    • Non-employed physicians, or physicians not actively working as pathologists may report as clinically inactive.
    • Pathologists working only in a research or academic position may report as clinically inactive.
  • Diplomates reporting as clinically inactive for consecutive MOC reporting periods must provide the ABP with a letter of explanation for the lapse in active practice.  Letters may be faxed to MOC at 813-289-5279 or scanned and e-mailed to ABP-MOC@abpath.org.
  • Diplomates reporting as clinically inactive are required to continue participating in MOC in order to maintain current certification status.
    • These diplomates must continue to report Part I requirements to the ABP every two years.
    • These diplomates must continue to participate in and report Part II activities that demonstrate an ongoing knowledge of the science underlying the principles of quality improvement, including the application of such principles to clinical situations using real or simulated data to the ABP every two years.
    • These diplomates must continue to meet the Part III requirement for each certificate being maintained in MOC.
    • Since these diplomates have no practice from which to draw data, they will not be required to report Part IV requirements.
    • These diplomates must meet the Component I Patient Safety Course requirement for each cycle.

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