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American Board of Pathology CC Requirements

Diplomates report Part I, II, and IV requirements online by completing their Continuing Certification (CC) Reporting Form in PATHway ( every two years. All CC requirements and deadlines are based on the year of enrollment in the CC program. Diplomates issued certificates after 1/1/2006 are automatically enrolled in the CC program. Diplomates with non-time limited (lifetime) certificates issued prior to 1/1/2006 may voluntarily enroll in the MOC program at any time.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) has recognized the ABP’s CC program as substantively equivalent to the MOC program in Canada. Fellows of the Royal College who are living and practicing in the United States can use the ABP’s MOC program to maintain their membership and Fellowship with the Royal College without having to also participate in the Royal College’s MOC program. 
The ABP has adopted a reciprocity policy for diplomates maintaining their primary certification with another ABMS member board’s MOC program. These diplomates may report current CC participation with another ABMS member board in lieu of reporting all Part II and IV requirements of the ABP’s CC program. The ABP’s CC program consists of the following parts:
  • Part I: Professionalism and Professional Standing – must be reported to the ABP every two years. 
    • Medical Licensure - Diplomates practicing in the United States or Canada must maintain a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction of the United States, its territories, or Canada.
    • Substance Abuse or Impairment - A diplomate who, within the last three years, has been diagnosed as chemically dependent, has been treated for drug or other substance abuse, and/or has entered into a rehabilitation or remediation program for drug or other substance abuse will be required to provide the ABP with documentation showing that he/she has successfully completed a rehabilitation or remediation program authorized by the applicable medical licensing authority or is successfully enrolled in such a program. An applicant who has a mental or physical impairment that affects the applicant’s ability to practice safely and effectively will be required to provide medical evidence from the appropriate physicians, treatment centers and hospitals demonstrating to the ABP that the impairment does not compromise the applicant’s ability to practice safely and effectively.
    • Medical Staff Privileges – Unless not applicable, diplomates must provide information regarding medical staff membership and scope of health care organization privileges. 
    • Description of Practice – Diplomates must provide a brief description of their practice, including all areas and subspecialties of pathology and medicine. 
    • Other ABMS Boards – ABP diplomates should report if they are members of other ABMS Member Boards and submit documentation of current participation in lieu of reporting Part II & IV requirements. 
  • Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment – must be reported to the ABP every two years.
    • Fellowships – Completion of an ACGME-accredited 12-month fellowship during any two-year reporting period will meet all Part II and Part IV requirements (except for peer evaluations) for that period.
    • Physician Scientist Research Pathway – Diplomate must participate in a Physician Scientist Research Pathway for 12 months during any two-year reporting period to meet all Part II and Part IV requirements (except for peer evaluations) for that period.
    • Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) – Each diplomate must obtain a minimum of 70 AMA PRA Category 1 CME creditsTM for each two-year period of the CC cycle. At least 20 of the 70 CME credits must be obtained from completion of self-assessment modules (SAMs). Diplomates may claim credit for sixty (60) AMA Category 1 CME credits for successfully completing an ABMS board certification or a 10-year MOC cycle. Eighty percent of required CME must be directly related to the diplomate’s scope of practice. The remainder may be in areas of general relevance to medicine (e.g. ethics, practice management, informatics, etc.). The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Continuing Professional Development (RCPSC CPD) Accredited Group Learning (Section 1) credits in General Pathology are accepted as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 CME creditsTM. RCPSC Assessment (Section 3) credits are accepted as equivalent to SAM credits for meeting the ABP CC program’s Part II requirements. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Category 1A CME are acceptable as CME credits for Part II requirements.
  • Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills – must be met once each 10-year cycle. Examination deadlines, dates and schedule information is available on the ABP website
    • The MOC examination is mandatory for all participants in MOC. It is given twice each year, in spring and fall, and may be taken as soon as seven years after MOC enrollment, but must be passed no later than 10 years after certification. Satisfactory completion of the examination prior to the 10th year after initial certification does not change the end-point of the cycle. The examination is based on practical, need to-know, day-to-day skills and knowledge. 
    • Each MOC examination (primary and subspecialty) is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions in the single best answer format. A diplomate may opt to complete more than one examination in an examination session. Diplomates who hold both a primary and a subspecialty certificate may elect to take a single examination that includes a 50-question primary certification module (AP and/or CP) and a 150-question subspecialty examination. The combined primary and subspecialty examination is graded as a single 200-question examination for purposes of pass/fail. A passing score will fulfill the 10-year Part III requirement for both certificates. Learn more about the MOC examination.
    • The examination may be taken at the ABP Examination Center in Tampa, Florida (offered for 1-2 days only) OR via secure, remote computer access from their home or office during a scheduled 2-week period for examination access.
  • Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice – must be reported to the ABP every two years, except for peer attestations which are only required in the 4th and 8th years of the cycle. 
    • Laboratory Accreditation – diplomates must report accreditation status of their primary laboratory to the ABP. Laboratory accreditation is voluntary. 
    • Laboratory Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance (PI/QA) - Each laboratory with which a pathologist is associated must participate in inter-laboratory performance improvement and quality assurance programs appropriate for the spectrum of anatomic and clinical laboratory procedures performed in that laboratory.
    • Individual Pathologist Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance (PI/QA) - diplomates must participate in at least one PI/QA activity or program per year appropriate for their principal professional activities.
  • Peer Attestations/Evaluations – All diplomates are required to provide peer attestations as to their interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, ethics and effectiveness in systems-based practice. At the end of the 4th and 8th years of the MOC cycle, diplomates must provide four individual references that can attest to their abilities and effectiveness in practice. These individuals must include an ABP-certified pathologist; the Chair of the Credentials Committee (or designate), Chief Medical Officer, Department Head, or Chief of Staff of the primary health care facility where the diplomate practices; a board-certified physician in another specialty and a technologist/CLS or pathologists assistant.
  • Patient Safety – Patient safety requirement must be met once each 10-year cycle. ABP allows all Component I Patient Safety Courses to be reported for both Part II SAM credit and Part IV PI/QA activity requirements.
For more information about the ABP MOC requirements visit

Annual Fees:
ABP MOC fee $50/year.
First year fee waived for those with time limited certificates. Non-time limited certificate holders pay an additional $100 to initiate the MOC program.
Difference between SAMs and CME credit?
SAMs is an ABP term for one form of CME category 1 credit.  Not all CME credits are eligible for SAMs.  SAMs differ in that they require a specified performance on a post-test. The ABP requires completion of 70 Category 1 CME credits per 2-year reporting cycle with at least 20 of these being SAMs. You may obtain more than 20 SAMs and less CME credits, as long as the total of SAMs and CME credits over a 2-year reporting cycle is 70.

Sources of MOC

The ASDP offers a wide array of live end enduring activities that satisfy Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment:
For a list of other ABP-approved MOC programs visit

Updated 12/07/17