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Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

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Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine - Coming Soon

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

The examination in blood banking/transfusion medicine is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Blood Banking/Transfusion Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  280 6 Hrs 20 mins

 

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes graphs, charts, formulas, diagrams, tables, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

Blood Banking Transfusion Medicine Exam Blueprint

 

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Chemical Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

 Subspecialty Exam Information and Daily Schedules will be provided as soon as applicable.

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Chemical Pathology
The examination in chemical pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Chemical Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  270 6 Hrs 18 mins

 

A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes graphs, charts, formulas, diagrams, tables, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

Chemical Pathology Exam Blueprint 

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Clinical Informatics

 

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Cytopathology

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Cytopathology 2022 Daily Exam Schedule -Coming Soon

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Cytopathology

The examination in cytopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Cytopathology Total # of Questions Total Time
Written/Practical  220 3 Hrs 40 Mins
Virtual Microscopy 70 4 Hrs 5 Mins

All questions are multiple-choice, single-best answer format. The questions assess the candidate’s body of knowledge, judgment and problem-solving ability. The practical questions include interpretive and problem-solving aspects of cytopathology, including clinical, radiologic and histologic correlation and management guidelines. The written questions include factual, administrative, technical, and regulatory aspects of cytopathology, systems-based practice, and patient care. The virtual microscopy examination requires using locator skills, diagnostic interpretation, and correlation with histologic findings. Typically, the cervical/anal cytology slides will be dotted; FNA and non-gynecologic slides are usually not dotted.

Exam content areas include, but are not limited to:

• Gynecologic/Anal Cytopathology

o Sample collection, preparation, automation, and ancillary testing
o Morphology of normal, reactive, infectious, and epithelial abnormalities
o Bethesda System terminology for reporting cervical cytology, WHO/LAST recommendations for histopathology reporting of HPV associated squamous lesions of the lower anogenital tract.
o Primary prevention of cervical cancer- HPV vaccination
o Secondary prevention of cervical cancer: current screening and management guidelines from key organizations (ACS, USPSTF, ASCCP, ACOG, etc.)

Non-gynecologic and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytopathology

o Includes specimens obtained from all body sites
o Sample collection (techniques, indications) and processing,

 Specimen types-direct smears, liquid-based preparations, cell blocks, core biopsies, crush/squash preparations and touch imprints of core biopsies, gross specimen scrapes.
 Stains - familiarity with air dried Romanowsky, alcohol fixed Papanicolaou, and H&E stained preparations is expected.

o Morphology of normal, reactive, infectious, and neoplastic/malignant entities
o Standardized cytopathology reporting terminology recommendations for thyroid, salivary gland, pancreaticobiliary, breast, urinary, serous fluid and respiratory cytology.
o Ancillary studies (histochemical /immunochemical stains, flow cytometry, molecular, cytogenetic, and genomic testing)
o Includes applicable

 Clinical presentation, radiologic findings, disease associations, and prognostic significance
 Pathogenesis, epidemiology, molecular/genetic changes
 Cytologic-histologic correlation
 Clinical management including applicable professional guidelines (e.g., ATA etc.) and targeted therapies/ companion and complementary diagnostics

• Laboratory Management/Administration

Cytopathology laboratory accreditation requirements, quality assurance, safety, federal laws and agency regulations, physician credentialing, Continuing Certification, litigation, validation, statistics relevant to health care, informatics, digital pathology, billing and coding.

Cyto description updated 10/20/2021 

Examination Blueprint

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Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Dermatopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Dermatopathology Coming Soon

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Dermatopathology
The examination in dermatopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of written/practical and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM.  The examination is administered as follows:

Dermatopathology Total # of Questions Total Time
Written/Practical  160 3 Hrs 12 Mins
Virtual Microscopy 110 4 Hrs 8 Mins

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes images of gross lesions and special technical subjects including immunofluorescent, histochemical, microbiologic, and cytologic preparations.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

Dermatopathology Examination Blueprint

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Forensic Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule


Forensic Pathology

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Forensic Pathology
The examination in forensic pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Forensic Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  225 3 Hrs 45 mins
Virtual Microscopy 50 2 Hrs 55 mins

 


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. Questions related to microscopic slides may be accompanied by an image or images (scene photograph, gross photograph, radiograph, etc). The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

Forensic Pathology Exam Blueprint 

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Forensic Pathology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Hematopathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Hematopathology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Hematopathology
The examination in hematopathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Hematopathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  220 3 Hrs 45 Mins
Virtual Microscopy 45 2 Hrs 49 Mins

 

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The practical examination includes blood and bone marrow smears, imprints, and tissue sections.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

 

 Hematopathology Exam Blueprint

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Medical Microbiology

Daily Examination Schedule

Medical Microbiology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Medical Microbiology
The examination in medical microbiology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Medical Microbiology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  305 6 Hrs 18 mins

 

 

A candidate must pass both the written and the practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

 Medical Microbiology Exam Blueprint

 

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Medical Microbiology Terminology

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Molecular Genetic Pathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Molecular Genetic Pathology

 

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Molecular Genetic Pathology
The examination in molecular genetic pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical questions in each section of the examination. It is administered as follows:

Molecular Genetic Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  245 6 Hrs 32 mins

 


 

A candidate must pass both written and practical portions of the examination in the same administration in order to pass the examination. All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. Questions may include karyotypes, gels, graphs, pedigrees, or other images.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

 Molecular Genetic Pathology Exam Blueprint

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Neuropathology

Daily Examination Schedule

Neuropathology

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Neuropathology
The examination in neuropathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Neuropathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  170 3 Hrs 7 Mins
Virtual Microscopy 60 3 Hrs

 


All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

Neuropathology Examination Blueprint 

 

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

Pediatric Pathology 

Daily Examination Schedule

Pediatric Pathology 2022 Daily Exam Schedule -Coming Soon!

Description of Examination

The ABPath uses criterion-referenced tests for its certification examinations.
Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a CRT, the passing or "cut-off" score is determined in advance by a committee of experts in the field. The candidate’s performance (i.e. mastery of the subject matter) is compared to the cut-off score and not to other test takers. Theoretically, all candidates could pass or fail depending on how they performed relative to the passing score. Driving tests are an example of CRTs, because the goal is to see whether the test taker is skilled enough to be granted a driver’s license, not to see if one test taker is more skilled than another test taker. In contrast, norm-referenced tests (NRTs) compare test takers to each other. Scores are reported as a percentage rank with half scoring above and half below the mid-point. NRTs are designed to sort and rank students "on the curve," not to see if they met a standard or criterion. The ABPath does NOT use NRTs for its certification examinations.

Pediatric Pathology
The examination in pediatric pathology is a one-day, computer-based examination consisting of combined Written and Practical sections and Virtual Microscopy (VM) sections. There are no glass slides, only VM. The examination is administered as follows:

Pediatric Pathology Total # of Qs Total Time
Written/Practical  170 3 Hrs 7 Mins
Virtual Microscopy 65 3 Hrs 15 Mins

 

All questions are multiple-choice and in the one-best-answer format. The questions are designed to measure the candidate’s body of knowledge and problem-solving ability. The written examination includes theoretical, practical, and interpretive aspects of pediatric pathology relative to disease processes and patient care. The practical examination includes images of gross specimens, cytogenetic preparations, graphs, charts, and special histochemical and other techniques. The microscopic examination includes tissue sections and hematologic and cytologic smears pertaining to diagnosis, implications, and prognosis.

Subject areas covered include, but are not limited to:

Examination Blueprint

Pediatric Pathology Exam Blueprint 

Examination Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations List

Laboratory Management-General/Management and Informatics

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