THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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  • Applicants sign an Honor Code when applying for certification. This is a legally binding contract between the physician and the ABP.
  • Any violations of the Honor Code may be sufficient to bar a person from qualification, terminate participation in an examination, invalidate the results of a candidate’s examination, cause the withholding or revocation of scores or certificates, or merit other appropriate action by the ABP. Violations include, but are not limited to:
    • The giving or receiving of aid in the examination as evidenced either by observation or by statistical analysis of candidates’ answers.
    • The unauthorized possession, reproduction, or disclosure of any ABP examination related materials, including, but not limited to, examination questions or answers, before, during, or after the examination.
    • The offering of any benefit to any agent of the ABP in return for any right, privilege, or benefit that is not usually granted by the ABP to other similarly situated candidates or persons.
    • Possession of notes, books, or any other examination aid in the examination area.
    • Engaging in irregular behavior in connection with the administration of the examination, including but not limited to:
      • Referring to notes, books, or any other examination aid at any time during the examination, including breaks,
      • Transferring or receiving information relating to the contents or answers of the examination to or from another candidate or a third party before, during, or after the examination. This prohibition includes any transfer of information between a candidate and another person at any time during the examination, including breaks, and any recall or reconstruction of examination questions and answers and the transfer of information concerning the same after the examination.
      • Possession of a cell phone, watch, activity tracker, or any other electronic device at the testing workstation.
  • The ABP may withhold a candidate’s scores and require that the candidate retake one or more portions of the examination if presented with sufficient evidence that the security of the examination has been compromised, notwithstanding the absence of any evidence of the candidate’s personal involvement in such activities.

HONOR CODE STATEMENT

I understand and agree that in order to maintain a fair and secure testing process that:

  • The examination and all test questions are the exclusive property of the ABP and are protected by copyright law. Because of the confidential and proprietary nature of these copyrighted materials, I agree not to retain, copy, disclose, discuss, share, reveal, distribute, or use for exam preparation any part of these examination materials, including memorized, reconstructed and recalled items.
  • The following actions may be sufficient cause for ABP, in its sole discretion, to terminate my participation in an examination, to invalidate the results of my examination, to withhold or revoke my scores or certificate, to bar me from future examination, or to take other appropriate action.
    • The giving or receiving of aid in an examination, as evidenced either by observation or by statistical analysis of incorrect answers of one or more participants in the examination, including, but not limited to:
      • Referring to books, notes, or other devices at any time after the start of the examination, including breaks. This prohibited material includes written information or information transferred by electronic, acoustical, or other means.
      • Any transfer of information or signals between candidates during the administration of the examination, including breaks.
      • Any appearance of looking at the computer screen of another candidate during the examination.
      • Allowing another candidate to view one’s answers or otherwise assisting another candidate in the examination.
      • Recording, replicating, recalling, or discussing examination questions, and taking any information on examination questions, such as notes or diagrams outside the examination room.
    • The unauthorized possession, reproduction, disclosure, discussion, or distribution of any examination materials, including, but not limited to, examination questions, answers, reconstructed and recalled items at any time before, during, or after the examination.
    • The offering of any benefit to any agent of the ABP in return for any right, privilege, or benefit which is not usually granted by the ABP to other similarly situated candidates or persons.
    • The ABP may require me to retake one or more portions of an examination if presented with sufficient evidence that the security of the examination has been compromised, notwithstanding the absence of any evidence of my personal involvement in such compromise.

I understand and agree that if I meet all of the qualifications for certification, my certificate will be valid for 10 years contingent upon my timely satisfaction of all requirements of the American Board of Pathology Maintenance of Certification program.

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