THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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Login/IT Assistance

  • Program Director Login: All Program Directors should have received a username and password to access PATHway to Resident Tracking. If you have not received this information, please e-mail restrkg@abpath.org and include your full name and the program's ACGME name. Program Directors cannot use the 'Create Username' or 'Forgot Username/Password' functions to access PATHway.

Primary Program Information and Instructions

  • User Access Warning! Please secure your username and password! This system allows you to rate your residents and submit evaluations on their performance. You are responsible for the data in the resident tracking system. For security, you may change your username and password at any time.
  • Introduction. The American Board of Pathology created PATHway as a tool for accessing program and resident information. You should expect emails regarding the status of applicants for board certification that trained in your program.
  • Program Profile Tab. All of our correspondence with you will be via e‐mail, so please be sure that your contact information is correct in your Program Profile.
    • Program Contact Information.
      • There are fields for the Program Director name and email address and the Program Coordinator name and email address. All emails will be sent to the Program Director and the Program Coordinator. If you prefer that the emails be sent only to the Program Director, please remove the check from ‘Send all emails to both Program Director and Program Coordinator’ and click the blue "Update" button.
      • To change your contact information, enter the updated information in the ‘New’ fields and click the blue "Update" button.
    • Login Information.
      • You may change your username and password at any time. To change your Username, enter a new username in the "UserName" field.
      • To change your password, enter a new, valid password in the "Password" field, then reenter the same password into the "Confirm Password" field. A valid password is at least 6 characters and must contain both numbers and letters. It can also contain special characters and a mix of upper and lowercase letters. Click the grey "Update" button. If you entered a valid password, and both passwords match, your password will be reset, and you will be able to continue using PATHway.
      • There is one login for each program. The Program Director and Program Coordinator share the login.
      • If you forget your login information or have any problems with your Program login, please email restrkg@abpath.org. Program Directors/Coordinators cannot use the 'Create Username' or 'Forgot Username/Password' link to access their program login information. The ABP does not give login information over the phone.
      • It is possible for a Program Director to have multiple logins. You may have a login for access to your personal information, another as Program Director, and another as Director of a Fellowship Program. They are not interchangeable.
    • Change of Program Directors.
      • Give the new program director your current username and password. The new program director must login and update the name and e-mail address on the Program Profile tab, and change the username and password.
  • Resident Management Tab. Resident Management tracks all residents trained in your program. In July of each year you will receive an email reminding you to enter new residents and indicate the status of your other residents. Resident Management is a ‘snapshot’ of your program residents on July 1. You may add new residents at any time. However, after you have finalized, you will not be able to edit the resident data until July of the next year.
    • Adding Residents. To add a resident who is not already on the list, scroll to the bottom of the ‘Resident Management’ tab, enter the resident's information in the ‘Add a new resident’ table, then click the 'Add' button at the left of the row. The resident will be added alphabetically to your list of residents. NOTE: Any errors will be noted immediately with a red asterisk below the field.
    • Please be sure the data is correct. This information will be used to create the resident’s permanent record, so you must use their full legal name, not a nickname. If the new resident does not yet have an SSN, please fill in a fictitious number. When you receive the social security number, please fax the name, the last 4 of the social security number, and birth date of the resident and we will correct the SSN for you. Our fax number is 813/2895279. The default program year start and end dates are for the academic year, 07/01/20XX to 06/30/20XX.
    • Editing Resident Data.  The following fields in the resident list can be edited until you have completed your ratings and finalized your data. Click on the ‘Edit’ button to the left of a resident’s SSN.
      • Email Address. If a resident’s email field is blank, please enter it.
      • Year. If a resident joined your program on a date other than July 1, please indicate their PGY designation as of July 1.
      • Resident Status. The status for most of your residents is ‘Returning.’ When a resident’s training is completed, change the status to ‘Completed.’ If a resident leaves your program before completion, including leaving for a fellowship, the status is ‘Left.’ Please choose a reason under ‘Reason for Leaving.’
      • Start and End Date. The default program year start and end dates are for the academic year, 07/01/20XX to 06/30/20XX. To edit, you can use the calendar pop‐up window or type the date. It is not necessary to give exact dates of training. When the resident submits an application, he/she will give the exact dates in detail, and you will have the opportunity to review all of the data in the application.
      • When you have finished editing the resident’s information, click the ‘Update’ button to the left of the resident’s SSN. Any errors will be noted immediately with a red asterisk below the field. If you do not wish to save the changes, click the ‘Cancel’ button.
      • When you have finished entering new residents and updating the status of your other residents, click the blue ‘Next Step’ button at the bottom left or click the Resident Ratings tab.
  • Resident Ratings Tab. The American Board of Medical Specialties has indicated that its member boards should be assessing resident competency in an ongoing manner. Therefore, to obtain information on residents' progress in meeting the ACGME competencies, a competency ‘report card’ is included as part of the Resident Tracking program.When you have completed Resident Management data entry for all of your residents, complete the Resident Ratings for all residents from the previous year.
    • Rating Choices. Resident Ratings must be reviewed before you will be able to finalize your residents for the program year.
      • Each resident should be rated on their performance for the preceding year in six ACGME competencies. PGY-1 residents will not appear on the ratings page. The rating choices are: Appropriate for Level, Needs Improvement, and Not Evaluated. Not Evaluated should only be used for a resident that transferred in. All ratings have been defaulted to "Appropriate for Level."
      • There are no ramifications for a rating of ‘Needs Improvement’ as long as all competencies are met by the time of application for board certification when the Program Director completes the evaluation form.
      • To rate a resident, click the ‘Edit’ button at the left of the resident’s name. Select a rating from the drop down list under each category. When you have finished rating a resident, click the ‘Update’ button at the left to save your changes.
    • Finalize. Once all residents’ ratings have been completed, click the ‘Finalize’ button at the bottom of the page to submit the information. Note: After you have finalized, you will not be able to edit the resident data until July of the next year. You may, however, add new residents at any time.
    • Information for New Residents. After finalization of your resident management and ratings, each resident will receive an email.
      • 1st year residents will receive an email with instructions to create their login, authorize the ACGME ratings, and agree to the Resident Honor Code. (Note: the authorization forms previously mailed are now included as part of PATHway.)
      • 2nd, 3rd and 4th year residents will receive an email from the ABP asking them to login, update their contact information, and agree to the Resident Honor Code.
      • If any resident has a problem with the login process, please have them e-mail restrkg@abpath.org and include their full name, the last 4 digits of their SSN, their birthdate, the full name of your pathology training program, and the year the resident will complete their training.
    • Request to Unfinalize Resident Management and Ratings. If you have finalized your data and discover an error, please e-mail restrkg@abpath.org
  • Resident Evaluation Tab. Approving resident board certification applications and submitting resident or fellow evaluations is part of the ABP application process.
    • When one of your residents or fellows submits an application to the ABP, you will receive an e‐mail from restrkg@abpath.org. The ‘Resident Evaluation’ tab lists each resident that has finalized an application, and indicates if you have approved the application, viewed the autopsy list, and submitted the evaluation. If a resident’s name is greyed out, you have not yet approved the application. Please review the autopsy list, approve the application, and then submit the evaluation. The application will not be reviewed by the credentials committee until you have reviewed the autopsy list, approved the application, and submitted the evaluation.

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It is likely that you will be asked to approve an application and/or submit an evaluation prior to your residents or fellows completing their training. One of the questions asks “Has the candidate met the training requirements for admission to the certifying examination?” Please answer this question based on your current opinion. If your opinion changes by the time the resident or fellow completes their training, please contact the Board office immediately.

  • Viewing Resident Autopsy Lists. To view the resident’s autopsy list, click ‘View List’ on the line with the resident’s name (the resident’s name is greyed out until you have approved the application).If ‘View List’ does not appear, there is no autopsy list to view.
  • Approving Resident Applications.  To approve the resident’s application, click ‘View App’ on the line with the resident’s name (the resident’s name is greyed out until you have approved the application). Please review the entire application. There are two check boxes on the application for you to approve information submitted. The first is on Page 5, which indicates you approve the statement (if any) regarding vacation/leave. The second is on Page 9, which indicates you believe the application information is correct.
    • You may save the application without submitting it. When you are satisfied the application is correct, click the ‘Approve Application’ button. Your ‘Resident Evaluations’ page will indicate you have approved the application and the resident’s Board Correspondence page will be updated with an indication that you have approved the application.
  • Requesting Changes to Applications. If any information on a resident’s application is not correct, please “unfinalize” the application and let the applicant know what corrections should be made. When the applicant re‐finalizes, please check the application again. When you are satisfied the application is correct, click the ‘Approve Application’ button.
  • Submitting Resident Evaluations. The resident evaluation will open after you click the ‘Approve Application’ button. If you choose to complete the resident evaluation at a later time, click on the resident’s name on the ‘Resident Evaluation’ tab to display the ABP final evaluation. The resident’s name is greyed out until you have approved the application). You may save the evaluation without submitting it by clicking the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page. When you are ready to send it to the ABP, click the ‘Finalize’ button. The ‘Resident Evaluation’ tab will indicate the evaluation has been submitted for the resident.
    • Secondary Evaluations. When a resident has trained in more than one program, the program director where the resident finishes will receive an evaluation and approve the application on the Resident Evaluation tab. The program director where the resident started training will receive a 'secondary evaluation.
  • Corresponding with the ABP
    Please check PATHway FAQ before contacting us. It is available to view or print from the Instructions’ tab. Please send any questions or comments regarding PATHway to Resident Management to restrkg@abpath.org. It is important to include your name and the ACGME program name.
  • Summary Steps for the Resident Tracking and Management Process (usually in July)
    • Login to PATHway using your program login.
    • Be sure the Program Director and Program Coordinator e‐mail addresses are correct on the Program Profile tab.
    • Add new residents on the Resident Management tab.
    • Review/update returning residents.
    • Review/update ratings for returning residents on the Resident Ratings tab.
    • Click the ‘Finalize’ button at the bottom left of the page to submit the information.

Subspecialty Program Information and Instructions

  • User Access Warning! Do NOT give your username and password to anyone! This system allows you to rate your residents and submit evaluations on their performance. You are responsible for the data in the resident tracking system. For security, you may change your username and password at any time.
  • Introduction. The American Board of Pathology created PATHway as a tool for accessing program and resident information. You should expect e‐mails regarding the status of applicants for board certification that trained in your program.
  • Program Profile Tab. All of our correspondence with you will be via e‐mail, so please be sure that your contact information is correct in your Program Profile.
    • Program Contact Information.
      • There are fields for the Program Director name and email address and the Program Coordinator name and email address. All emails will be sent to the Program Director and the Program Coordinator. If you prefer that the emails be sent only to the Program Director, please remove the check from ‘Send all emails to both Program Director and Program Coordinator’ and click the blue "Update" button.
      • To change your contact information, enter the updated information in the ‘New’ fields and click the blue "Update" button.
    • Login Information.
      • You may change your username and password at any time. To change your Username, enter a new username in the "Username" field.
      • To change your password, enter a new, valid password in the "Password" field, then reenter the same password into the "Confirm Password" field. A valid password is at least 6 characters and must contain both numbers and letters. It can also contain special characters and a mix of upper and lowercase letters. Click the grey "Update" button. If you entered a valid password, and both passwords match, your password will be reset, and you will be able to continue using PATHway.
      • There is one login for each program. The Program Director and Program Coordinator share the login.
      • If you forget your login information or have any problems with your Program login, please email restrkg@abpath.org. Program Directors/Coordinators cannot use the 'Create Username' or 'Forgot Username/Password' link to access their program login information. The ABP does not give login information over the phone.
      • It is possible for a Program Director to have multiple logins. You may have a login for access to your personal information, another as Program Director, and another as Director of a Fellowship Program. They are not interchangeable.
    • Change of Program Directors.
      • Give the new program director your current username and password. The new program director must login and update the name and e-mail address on the Program Profile tab, and change the username and password.
  • Resident Evaluation Tab. Submitting resident or fellow evaluations is part of the ABP application process. When one of your fellows submits an application to the ABP, you will receive an e‐mail from restrkg@abpath.org. The ‘Resident Evaluation’ tab lists each resident that has finalized an application, and indicates if you have submitted the evaluation. The application will not be reviewed by the credentials committee until you have submitted the evaluation.
    • It is likely that you will be asked to submit an evaluation prior to your fellows completing their training. One of the questions asks “Has the candidate met the training requirements for admission to the certifying examination?” Please answer this question based on your current opinion. If your opinion changes by the time the resident or fellow completes their training, please contact the Board office immediately.
  • Submitting Evaluations. Click on the fellow’s name on the ‘Resident Evaluation’ tab to display the ABP final evaluation. You may save the evaluation without submitting it by clicking the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page. When you are ready to send it to the ABP, click the ‘Finalize’ button. The ‘Resident Evaluation’ tab will indicate the evaluation has been submitted for the resident.
  • Reports Tab. The Program Performance Report is posted to your ‘Reports’ tab in January of each year and includes examination data from the previous six years. The data reported in the tables is designed to reflect how individuals in your program performed and how your program performed on the certification examination as a whole compared to other programs. On the Reports tab, click the ‘View Performance Report’ link.
    • The program data table includes results for both first-time and repeat candidates from your program and provides cumulative data on candidate performance on the certifying examinations in the previous six years.

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    • The program performance table indicates your program’s performance on the examination in relationship to that of all candidates and, by comparison, indicates strengths and weaknesses in the major content areas of the examination. Assessment is divided into the upper, middle, and lower thirds of performance of all candidates taking the examination.
    • NOTE: The ABP changed the performance categories in 2016 to provide better feedback to programs in the future, so the subspecialty Performance Table was not generated this year. The table will be included in the Program Performance Report posted in 2018.

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    • The table of residents includes examination performance histories for each resident in the same six-year period. This list includes candidates that completed your program, including those candidates that were trained in another program prior to yours.

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    • The tables above are not shared with the ACGME Review Committee for Pathology.

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    • When your Program Performance Report is posted, please review the report carefully. Any discrepancies should be emailed immediately to restrkg@abpath.org. Do not wait until the time of your site visit to review the report. The data takes time to review and revise, and may not be corrected before your site visit.
    • Please save your Program Performance Report for future use. Click the ‘Excel file download’ link at the top of the report. The reports are overwritten each January, and the ABP does not retain any of the reports.
  • Corresponding with the ABP. Please check PATHway FAQ before contacting us. It is available to view or print from the ‘Instructions’ tab. Please send any questions or comments regarding PATHway to Resident Management to restrkg@abpath.org. It is important to include your name and the ACGME program name.

 

Primary Program Performance Reports

  • Reports Tab. The Program Performance Report is posted to your ‘Reports’ tab in January of each year and includes examination data from the previous six years. The data reported in the tables is designed to reflect how individuals in your program performed and how your program performed on the certification examination as a whole compared to other programs.On the Reports tab, click the ‘View Performance Report’ link.
    • This information is obtained from PATHway Resident Tracking and Management and individual candidate applications. For this reason, it is important that all of the information reported in Resident Tracking and all of the training information on the candidate applications be correct. If the data is incorrect in the Program Performance Report, it is likely that the data you provided in Resident Tracking was incorrect and/or the information the candidate provided on their application (and you approved) is incorrect.
    • The program data table includes results for both first-time and repeat candidates from your program and provides cumulative data on candidate performance on the certifying examinations in the previous six years.

      • The program performance table indicates your program’s performance on the examination in relationship to that of all candidates and, by comparison, indicates strengths and weaknesses in the major content areas of the examination. Assessment is divided into the upper, middle, and lower thirds of performance of all candidates taking the examination.

      • The table of residents includes examination performance histories for each resident in the same six-year period. This list includes candidates that completed your program, including those candidates that were trained in another program prior to yours.

      • Graduates not included in the totals are listed in a separate table. This list includes (1) residents that completed their training prior to the current reporting period and (2) candidates that completed another program, but indicated some training at your program.

      • The tables above are not shared with the ACGME Review Committee for Pathology.

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      • The Aggregated Data table is calculated from the table of residents and the numbers do not include the residents that did not complete your program.

      • # AP Initial and # CP Initial is the number of candidates from your program that took the exam for the first time.
      • # Cmpltd Trning is the number of residents that completed your program.
      • # Applied is the number of residents that completed your program AND took the examination.
      • % Applied is the # Applied divided by the # Cmpltd Trning.
      • # Certified is the number of residents that completed your program and were certified.
      • # Initial Certified is the number of residents that completed your program and were certified when they took the exam for the first time.
      • % Initial Certified is the # Initial Certified divided by the # Certified.
      • When your Program Performance Report is posted, please review the report carefully and save it for future use. Any discrepancies should be emailed immediately to restrkg@abpath.org. Do not wait until the time of your site visit to review the report. The data takes time to review and revise, and may not be corrected before your site visit.
      • Please save your Program Performance Report for future use. Click the ‘Excel file download’ link at the top of the report. The reports are overwritten each January, and the ABP does not retain any of the reports.
    • Corresponding with the ABP Please check PATHway FAQ before contacting us. It is available to view or print from the Instructions’ tab. Please send any questions or comments regarding PATHway to Resident Management to restrkg@abpath.org. It is important to include your name and the ACGME program name.

  • Direct any problems or questions to restrkg@abpath.org.  Please include your name, the program’s ACGME name, and if applicable, the resident or fellow’s name.

 

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