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The American Board of Pathology and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Training Policy


The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) closely monitors the status of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and will provide updates here on the ABPath website, As the situation changes, we will look to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal and state officials for guidance.

Our primary concern is for the health and well-being of our candidates, diplomates, staff, and the public. We will keep you informed of any updates.

Pathologists, like all health care professionals, face an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Some residents may be concerned that mandated quarantines or contracting coronavirus could impact their eligibility for certification. To address these concerns, we have developed the following policy for residents (including fellows):

COVID-19 Training Policy

Still current as of January 4, 2022

COVID-19 Training Policy of the American Board of Pathology

This supersedes any previous announcements made on our website for the training policy related to COVID-19.

The American Board of Pathology will allow the following reasons for absence from on-site training to count as clinical training if the resident/fellow arranges with their program director to continue learning and training activities. Residents/fellows should keep a daily log of time spent and a brief description of the activities. The Program Director must attest that the overall competency of the resident/fellow at the completion of training was not adversely affected by the absence.

• COVID-19 illness or exposure
• Mandated quarantine
• Shelter in place/shelter at home directives
• Self-imposed isolation because of significant underlying health issues
• Care for a sick or quarantined immediate family member
• Providing childcare due to school/childcare closures
• Volunteering or being assigned to other institutional or clinical duties

The ABPath will consider additional requests for absences on a case-by-case basis from residents who miss training for an extended period of time for other reasons.





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