The American Board of Pathology Announces the National Association of Medical Examiners as a Cooperating Society

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TAMPA, Fla., (November 10, 2020) The Trustees of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) are pleased to announce that the National Association for Medical Examiners (NAME) has been approved as a Cooperating Society of the ABPath. The addition of NAME as an ABPath Cooperating Society was approved at the Fall ABPath Board of Trustees meeting.

ABPath collaborates with their Cooperating Societies to identify and address issues of importance to the profession of pathology. Through these valuable relationships, Cooperating Societies support diplomates in their life-long learning and improvement in practice, their participation in Continuing Certification, and documenting their participation in educational and quality assessment activities. Cooperating Societies of the ABPath also serve in an advisory capacity to the Board regarding issues pertaining to training, education, and certification in Pathology. The Trustees seek input and advice from Cooperating Societies on an ad hoc basis and at the annual spring meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Trustees also solicit nominees from the Cooperating Societies for candidates to fill open Trustee positions.

NAME was founded in 1966 and currently has 1,700 members, including 700 Forensic Pathologists certified by the American Board of Pathology, medicolegal investigators, affiliates such as toxicologists, and administrators.  The organization provides leadership and advocacy for best practices and excellence in forensic pathology and death investigation. The association provides forensic pathology education to its members and stakeholders.  NAME has developed and promulgated internationally recognized forensic autopsy standards, and has a robust accreditation program for medical examiner and coroner offices.  NAME-accredited offices currently serve nearly one half of the United States population. 

The current Cooperating Societies of the American Board of Pathology are:

Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists

American Medical Association Pathology Section Council

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society of Cytopathology

American Society for Investigative Pathology

Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology

Association for Molecular Pathology

Association of Pathology Chairs

College of American Pathologists

National Association of Medical Examiners

Society for Hematopathology

Society for Pediatric Pathology

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology


About the American Board of Pathology

The mission of the American Board of Pathology, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists. Founded in 1936, the ABPath accomplishes this mission by establishing certification and continuing certification standards and assessing the qualifications of those seeking to obtain voluntary certification in the specialty of pathology. For more information, visit or call (813) 286-2444.