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For the current requirements for certification, please see the Booklet of Information. Section III B (page 13)  August 27, 2020

  • The applicant must have 36 months of full-time training in an accredited AP/CP or AP program. Training must include at least 24 months of structured AP training. The remaining 12 months are flexible; and may include AP and/or CP rotations. Training may include up to 6 months of research completed during the pathology training program with the approval of the program director.
  • The applicant must have performed at least 30 autopsies by the time the application for certification is submitted (see autopsy requirements under Combined AP/CP Certification Section).
  • Candidates already certified in CP must have an additional 24 months of full-time training in AP including 18 months of structured training in AP. The remaining 6 months are flexible but must be in one or more areas of AP. Candidates with time-limited primary CP certification must be participating in CC and up to date with all CC reporting requirements.
  • A diplomate certified in CP, who then applies for AP certification, cannot use previous AP training if it is all more than 5 years old to qualify to take the examination.  Additional training will be required.

TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION, LOG INTO YOUR PATHWAY AND SELECT THE PRIMARY TAB AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN.

AUTOPSY FORM- The ACGME autopsy log needs to be completed and uploaded with the application. 

The ACGME autopsy log is located on the ACGME website under "Specialty Specific Reports".The log includes age group, gender, primary diagnosis (as would be reported on a death certificate), and PGY year the autopsy was performed. Do not include any identifying information on the log (e.g. case#, medical record#), this would be a violation of HIPPA.

The ACGME autopsy log will look like the sample log below:

ACGME AUTOPSY LOG sample

RCPSC trained residents only-  Select the link below to access the ABPath autopsy form.

 

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