THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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  • An applicant is declared board eligible for examination only after an application has been received and approved by the Credentials Committee. Applicant's board eligibility information will be posted in the My Profile tab of their PATHway.
  • Candidates for primary certification (AP and/or CP) who complete residency training on or after January 1, 2008:
    • Applicants have 5 years of board eligibility from the end of their training to complete all requirements for certification by the ABP (e.g. training completed in 2016 + 5 years = 2021; the applicant has until the end of 2021 to be certified). After 5 years, additional training will be required.
    • The length of the board eligibility decreases by the length of time between completion of training and submission of application.For example, if an applicant does not apply for the examination until three years after the completion of training, once approved by the Credentials Committee, he/she will only have the next two years to take and pass the examination.
    • A board eligible candidate may take the examination as many times as it is given during the period of board eligibility.
  • Candidates for subspecialty certification who complete fellowship training on or after January 1, 2008
    • Applicants have 5 years from the end of their fellowship training or from the year of their primary certification, whichever is later, to complete all requirements for subspecialty certification by the ABP.
    • The length of the board eligibility decreases by the length of time between completion of training or primary certification, whichever is later, and submission of the application. For example, if an applicant does not apply for the examination until three years after the completion of training or their primary certification, whichever is later, once approved by the Credentials Committee, he/she will only have the next two years to take and pass the examination.
  • At any time after declaring an applicant board eligible for examination, the Credentials Committee, at its discretion, may withdraw such board eligibility or, as a condition, may require that the applicant satisfy specified conditions. In the exercise of its discretion under this regulation, the Credentials Committee will be entitled to act without reason assigned.
  • If it is determined that an applicant has (a) falsified information or has withheld material information in connection with his or her application or in any other representation to the ABP or any committee thereof, including, but not limited to an applicant’s failure to report any revocation or suspension of, or limitation to, his or her license as required in the Medical Licensure Section, or (b) misrepresented to any third party his or her status as a diplomate of the ABP, and/or (c) engaged in irregular behavior, the applicant will not be approved for the certifying examination and will be ineligible to file a new application for a period of up to 3 years.

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