Continuing Education and Continuing Certification

Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Certification

It is vital that diplomates participate in Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Certification. A certificate issued by the ABP is valid for 10 years contingent upon meeting all interim reporting requirements for the CC program. 

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

USCAP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USCAP provides numerious live and enduring activities to assist in the education of pathologists and pathologists in training.

Continuing Certification (CC)

USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements of Continuing Certification. The ABP CC program consists of four parts, which are described in greater detail under CC requirements:

Part I: Professionalism and Professional Standing
Diplomates must hold a valid, unrestricted medical license and meet the ABP's professionalism expectations.

Part II: Life-Long Learning and Self-Assessment
Diplomates must meet the ABP’s learning and self-assessment requirements.

Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills
Diplomates must assess their pathology specific knowledge, judgment, and skills by passing a secure examination during every 10-year CC cycle.

Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice
Diplomates must engage in specialty relevant performance-in-practice assessment and improvement activities.

To successfully complete a 10-year CC cycle, a diplomate must have all five electronic Reporting Forms submitted and approved, complete an ABP-approved Patient Safety Course, and pass a secure CC exam for each certification. After successful completion of the first 10-year CC cycle, the next 10-year cycle will commence. Failure to meet reporting deadlines will result in a warning followed by early expiration of certification if the reporting requirements are not met.

Since 2006, the ABP has issued only time-limited certification in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology and all pathology subspecialties.  The ABP requires ongoing successful participation in its CC program for a diplomate’s certification to remain valid. For more information on the ABP CC program, see the CC Booklet of Information available at

USCAP Supports Your Educational Needs

USCAP offers numerous and varied CME and SAM activities that fulfill the CC Part II requirements for Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment. ABP diplomates must obtain and report to the ABP a minimum of 70.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each two-year period of the ten year CC cycle. At least 20 of these 70 CME credits must be SAMs. All SAMs are CME credits, but not all CME credits are SAMs. SAMs must include an examination (post-test), the diplomate must meet a minimum performance level defined by the sponsor of the educational activity, and performance feedback must be provided by the sponsor to the learner.


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