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 ABPath Virtual Microscopy Sample Exam and Practice Tutorial are Now Available


September 15, 2021 

The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) has two sites for candidates to familiarize themselves with the function and format of ABPath certification exams.

1. The American Board of Pathology Virtual Microscopy Sample Exam lets candidates familiarize themselves with Virtual Microscopy (VM) technology used on ABPath exams. The ABPath certification exams use Virtual Microscopy (VM) technology for viewing microscopic images to answer select exam questions. Microscopes and glass slides are no longer used in certification exams.

The link below contains 5 sample VM questions, similar to what you will find on ABPath exams. Feel free to spend as much time there as you like to familiarize yourself with the functionality. 

     Virtual Microscopy Practice

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      2. The ABPath Practice Tutorial is provided to familiarize candidates with a general overview of the functions and features of taking an exam. The tutorial will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and may be revisited multiple times.  

ABPath Practice Tutorial




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American Board of Medical Specialties Supports Role of Medical Professionals

In Preventing COVID-19 Misinformation

September 13, 2021 

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), along with others in the health care community, is concerned about the serious public health effects of the persistent spread of misinformation regarding the COVID-19 virus. Misinformation has been directly linked to much of the vaccine hesitancy and disregard for practical safeguards against infection, including masking and distancing, and is a contributing factor hindering national efforts to combat the virus.

As members of the medical community, we are committed to protecting patients from harm and prioritizing their welfare based on application of the best available scientific evidence. The spread of misinformation and the misapplication of medical science by physicians and other medical professionals is especially harmful as it threatens the health and well being of our communities and at the same time undermines public trust in the profession and established best practices in care. The spread by a diplomate of unscientific misinformation harmful to public health is unethical and unprofessional and may threaten certification by an ABMS Member Board.

ABMS supports recent statements by the Federation of State Medical Boards, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Pathology and the joint statement by the American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, regarding the ethical and professional responsibility of physicians sharing information publicly to represent current scientific evidence accurately and faithfully. Misrepresentation or misapplication of science is unethical and unprofessional and harmful to patients and the public. We join the American Medical Association and other medical organizations in calling on news outlets and social media platforms to help eliminate misinformation regarding COVID-19 prevention, transmission, and treatment, and to share factual information about the importance and value of vaccination and practical mitigation methods.


About ABMS
Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the leading not-for profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS supports 24 Member Boards that develop educational and professional standards and programs of assessment to certify physician specialists, all dedicated to improving the quality of care to the patients, families and communities they serve. More than 900,000 physicians are certified in one or more of 40 specialties and 87 subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600


See the statement on the ABMS website at


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American Board of Pathology Statement about Certified Pathologists Promulgating Medical Disinformation


As physicians and board-certified pathologists, we have a public trust, a social contract with society. We must be accountable to patients, society, and the profession. Professionalism requires that we adhere to high standards, maintain competence, act with integrity, and provide expert advice to patients and society on matters of health. Intentional spread of health misinformation (including disinformation about COVID-19, vaccines, and treatment), ignoring or subverting science, and making unscientific claims undermine the public trust and jeopardize patient health.

The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) is committed to the application of evidence-based scientific knowledge and technology, to upholding scientific standards, to promoting research, and to creating new knowledge and ensuring its appropriate use.

We agree with the statement by the Federation of State Medical Boards that physicians “have an ethical and professional responsibility to practice medicine in the best interests of their patients and must share information that is factual, scientifically grounded and consensus-driven for the betterment of public health. Spreading inaccurate COVID-19 vaccine information contradicts that responsibility, threatens to erode public trust in the medical profession, and puts all patients at risk.”

Patients must be able to trust physicians with their lives and health.

The ABPath has adopted the AMA and AOA Code of Ethics, and the ABMS definition of Medical Professionalism as standards of conduct that define the essentials of ethical behavior for physicians.


 September 3, 2021

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