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 Exam||Total Number of Questions||Total Time|
|Written/Practical Sections||170||3 Hrs. 8 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 and microscopic specimens, cytogenetic and FISH preparations, graphs, charts, and special histochemical and molecular 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: