The American Society of Dermatopathology

Diagnostic Quality Assurance 

CME_MOC_DQ_Vertical.jpgThe Diagnostic Quality Assurance (DQA) Exams and Self-Assessments are concerned with the quality of diagnoses made by the dermatopathologist and are tailored to assess one’s competency to serve as a lab director and/or a diagnostic dermatopathologist, as mandated by CLIA. Participation in the DQA Program also satisfies the CAP Professional Competency Phase II (ANP.10255) requirement of participation in a peer educational program. In 2017, the DQA Program was revised to offer MOC credit in addition to CME. 

Each exam strives to evaluate the effectiveness of a laboratory’s policies and procedures for assuring employee competence and it is geared towards the proper work-up of cases using laboratory methods to distinguish common and uncommon diagnoses. The DQA Exams and Self-Assessments allow individuals to become familiar or to re-familiarize themselves with challenges they are likely to encounter in daily dermatopathology work-up. Individuals participating in the DQA Program will examine the latest advances in the diagnostic methods as well as reconfirm accepted methods to work-up cases.

Participants will review cases and choose the multiple choice answer that best represents their diagnosis. Upon submission of the completed activity and evaluation, participants will receive immediate results including the correct case answers with discussion and references. A CME or MOC certificate will be available for printing to those who satisfactorily complete this program. Scores are kept confidential.

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Available DQA Exams and Self-Assessments

DQA Online Self-Assessment  - Volume 43

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™
3 SAMs
14 MOC SA Question Credits

Release Date: 11/09/17
Closing Date: 11/09/20

DQA Online Self-Assessment  - Volume 42

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™
3 SAMs
14 MOC SA Question Credits

Release Date: 7/10/17
Closing Date: 7/10/20

DQA Exam - Volume 41

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™

Release Date: 2/13/17
Closing Date: 2/13/20

DQA Exam - Volume 40

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™

Release Date: 6/21/16
Closing Date: 6/21/19

Accreditation Information

CME - The American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™.

MOC - The ASDP Diagnostic Quality Assurance Self-Assessments offer MOC self-assessment credits to satisfy the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Component 2 and the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Part II MOC requirements. A MOC certificate will be available to print upon successful completion of each self-assessment. 

Who Should Participate in the Diagnostic Quality Assurance Exam and Self-Assessment?

Physicians who practice dermatopathology or have a special interest in pathology of the skin or research therein.

  • Dermatopathologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Pathologists
  • Fellows in a Dermatopathology Training Program
  • Residents in Dermatology or Pathology

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of each DQA Exam and Self-Assessment, participants should be able to:

  • Apply immunohistochemical techniques as they relate to dermatopathology in regards to their advantages and drawbacks.
  • Describe the significance of special stains and immunohistochemistry in complementing H&E findings in dermatopathology.
  • Define the subtleties and caveats of entities commonly encountered in dermatopathology.
  • Recognize uncommon presentations of common entities and common presentations of uncommon entities.


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