THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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Primary Certification Examinations Only

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR PRIMARY EXAMINATIONS ONLY

If a candidate cancels for the examination after the deadline for application/registration or does not appear for the examination, the entire application-examination fee is forfeited with the following exceptions:

  • Personal illness at the time of the examination, validated by the candidate’s personal physician. Documentation must be submitted and received by ABP within 60 days of the date of the examination. The examination fee minus a nonrefundable $100 administrative fee is refunded to the candidate’s credit card.
  • Inability to accept the date assignment:
    • Once an examination date assignment is posted to a candidate’s Board Correspondence screen in PATHway, the candidate has two weeks from the date that the assignment is posted to cancel. If you do not cancel within the two-week period, the date assignment will stand.
    • If the date is not acceptable, a candidate must cancel from his/her Board Correspondence screen in PATHway. The examination fee minus a $500 cancellation fee will be refunded to the candidate’s credit card within two weeks of cancellation.
    • There is no opportunity to change the date assignment within a given examination period or session (spring or fall).
    • It is the candidate’s responsibility to notify the ABP in writing of any change that may affect a scheduled examination.

Subspecialty Certification Examinations Only

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR SUBSPECIALTY EXAMINATIONS ONLY

  • If a candidate does not appear for the assigned examination date, the entire application-examination fee is forfeited with the following exception:
    • Personal illness at the time of the examination, validated by the candidate’s personal physician. Documentation must be submitted and received by ABP within 60 days after the date of the examination. The examination fee minus a nonrefundable $100 administrative fee is refunded to the candidate’s credit card.
  • A candidate for the Spring primary examinations (AP and/or CP) who wishes to apply for a subspecialty examination in the same year must submit the subspecialty application (including examination fees) prior to the subspecialty application deadline.
    • If the candidate is successful in the primary examination, the ABP will automatically process the application for the subspecialty examination.
    • If the candidate is not successful, he/she will be notified and the subspecialty examination fee minus a $100 administrative fee will be refunded. A new subspecialty application must be completed for future examinations.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Examinations Only

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC) EXAMINATIONS ONLY

If a registrant cancels for the examination after the deadline for registration or does not appear for the examination, the entire registration fee is forfeited with the following exceptions:

  • Personal illness at the time of the examination, validated by the diplomate’s personal physician. Documentation must be submitted and received by ABP within 60 days of the date of the examination. The registration fee minus a nonrefundable $100 administrative fee is refunded to the diplomate’s credit card.
  • Inability to accept the date assignment :
    • Once an examination date assignment is posted to a diplomate’s Board Correspondence tab in PATHway, the registrant has two weeks from the date that the assignment is posted to cancel. If you do not cancel within the two-week period, the date assignment will stand.
    • If the date is not acceptable, a registrant must notify ABP of the request to cancel via e-mail to ABP-MOC@abpath.org . The registration fee minus a $100 administrative fee will be refunded to the diplomate’s credit card within two weks of cancellation.
    • There is no opportunity to change the date assignment within a given examination session (spring or fall).
    • It is the diplomate’s responsibility to notify the ABP in writing of any change that may affect a scheduled examination.
  • Remote access cancellation:
    • Once the remote access login information is posted to a diplomate's Board Correspondence tab in PATHway, the registrant has two weeks from the date the login is posted to cancel.
    • A diplomate must notify ABP of the request to cancel via e-mail to ABP-MOC@abpath.org. The registration fee minus a $100 administrative fee will be refunded to the diplomate’s credit card within two weeks of cancellation. 

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