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  ABPCL perf and part 1


The following email was sent to new and current participants of ABPCL. 


Dec 21, 2021 

Dear ABPath CertLink Participants, 

This email is to remind you of important updates to ABPath CertLink® (ABPCL). Beginning with quarter 1 of 2022, both participation and performance will be measured in ABPCL.

The expected performance standard for ABPCL will be 60% correct or greater, cumulative over four years.

The participation requirement remains the same which is defined as attempting all questions assigned for each quarter. Between 15 and 25 questions are assigned per quarter, depending on previous performance.

Quarter 1 is expected to begin on January 10, 2022. You will receive an email with log-in instructions when your questions are ready. 

Important! When you log in for quarter 1, all past participation and performance data will be wiped clean from your dashboard. Rest assured, all past participation has been recorded and will be counted toward the required participation. Performance will be measured beginning with quarter 1 in January 2022.

If you have any questions regarding ABPCL, email Thank you! 


American Board of Pathology


My Post 51


Dr. Rebecca Johnson’s Retirement – A Celebration and Reflection on the Transformative Changes at the ABPath

December 14, 2021 (Tampa, FL) - Rebecca L. Johnson, MD, CEO of the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) will retire at the end of this year after her nine-year tenure. Last week staff, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Johnson and the significant impact her leadership has had on board certification programs to serve the profession of pathology.

Dr. Johnson began her time with the ABPath as a member of the Clinical Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee. She went on to serve the Board for the next 11 years as a Trustee, Treasurer, and President. In 2013, she was appointed as CEO of the ABPath and through her leadership and insight markedly improved the certification and continuing certification programs for practicing pathologists. Through her work engaging with diplomates and residents, she has given them a voice in the evolution of the certification programs and changed the face of the Board.

Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, was elected to the AOA honor society, and was named their 2010 Alumna of the Year. She completed residency training at Hartford Hospital, CT and hematology fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She is certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematology, and Immunopathology and is participating in the Continuing Certification program.

Prior to her position with the ABPath, Dr. Johnson was Chair of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Residency Program Director at Berkshire Health Systems, in Pittsfield, MA from 1992-2012. She is a past member and chair of the ACGME Pathology Residency Review Committee. She has been a delegate to the AMA for over twenty years and Past Chair of the Pathology Section Council. She serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Board of Medical Specialties and on their Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is an active member of many medical and pathology organizations, including AMA, ASCP, CAP, USCAP, APC/PRODS, FL Med Assoc, and FSP.

Dr. Johnson led the staff with her positive outlook, compassion, and generosity and her dedication to the ABPath mission was steadfast in all she accomplished.

The Trustees and the staff of the ABPath greatly appreciate all Dr. Johnson has done for the ABPath and wish her all the best for her next adventures. She will be greatly missed.


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.



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