THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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  • ABMS Core Competency:  Professionalism
  • Part I requirements must be reported to the ABP every two years via PATHway.

Medical Licensure

  • Diplomates practicing in the United States or Canada must maintain a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction of the United States, its territories, or Canada.  If a diplomate holds more than one license, licenses for all jurisdictions in which the diplomate currently practices must be full and unrestricted.
  • Diplomates may be declared ineligible to participate in MOC or to take the recertification examination due to the revocation, surrender, suspension, probation or limitation of his/her medical license, provided that diplomates may not be rendered ineligible when:
    • any suspension, probation and/or limitation of the diplomate’s license is due to his/her entry into, and successful participation in and/or completion of, a rehabilitation or diversionary program for chemical dependency authorized by the applicable medical licensing authority; or
    • the diplomate voluntarily surrendered or allowed his/her license in a jurisdiction to lapse at a time the diplomate was not practicing in the jurisdiction and did not surrender or allow the license to lapse to avoid disciplinary action by the jurisdiction’s licensing authority; or
    • the licensing authority of a jurisdiction in which the diplomate does not currently practice terminates, suspends, places on probation or limits the diplomate’s license in that jurisdiction and the licensing authority(ies) of the jurisdiction(s) in which the diplomate currently practices and holds a full and unrestricted license has been fully apprised of the disciplinary actions against the diplomate’s license(s) and/or its surrender, in lieu of disciplinary action, in other jurisdictions.
  • Diplomates practicing outside the United States or Canada must maintain a full and unrestricted license in the local jurisdiction in which they practice.
  • Each diplomate must provide the ABP with complete information concerning any revocation, surrender, suspension, probation or limitation of his/her license or right to practice within 60 days of the action’s effective date.  This information must include, but shall not be limited to, the identity of the medical licensing authority imposing the restriction as well as the restriction’s duration, basis, specific terms, and conditions.
  • An English translation must accompany all documents that are written in another language.

Chemical Dependency

  • A diplomate who, within the last three years, has been diagnosed as chemically dependent, has been treated for drug or other substance abuse, and/or has entered a rehabilitation or diversionary program for chemical dependency authorized by the applicable medical licensing authority will be required to provide the ABP with documentation showing that he/she has successfully completed the authorized rehabilitation or diversionary program, is successfully enrolled in such a program, or is successfully enrolled in or has completed a private treatment program.
  • In the case of a private treatment program, the responsible program administrators and physician must attest, to the satisfaction of the ABP, that the diplomate has been free of chemical dependency for a period of time sufficient to establish that the individual is not currently engaged in the use of illegal drugs or other substance abuse and/or that the use of illegal drugs or other substance abuse is not an ongoing problem.

Medical Staff Privileges

  • Diplomates must provide the ABP with information regarding medical staff membership and scope of health care organization privileges.
  • If the diplomate’s practice is such that this information is not applicable, then the diplomate may report not applicable.

Description of Practice

  • Diplomates must provide the ABP with a brief description of their current scope of practice.
  • The description should include all areas and subspecialties of pathology and medicine that are part of the diplomate’s current practice. 

Other ABMS Boards

  • Many ABMS Member Boards have a co-operative approach to MOC requirements for diplomates that are participating in more than one Board’s MOC program.  It is suggested that these diplomates contact their ABMS Boards to learn if there is reciprocity for MOC requirements.
  • Diplomates of the ABP should report if they are diplomates of another ABMS Member Board.
  • For diplomates maintaining their primary certification in MOC with another ABMS Member Board, ABP accepts documentation of current participation in lieu of reporting Part II & IV requirements.  Diplomates are required to upload this documentation when submitting their MOC reporting forms to ABP.  This does not affect the MOC Part III exam requirement which must be met by the end of the 10-year MOC cycle. 

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