The American Society of Dermatopathology

Diagnostic Quality Assurance Exams

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The Diagnostic Quality Assurance (DQA) Exams 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.

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 allow individuals to become familiar or to re-familiarize themselves with challenges they are likely to encounter in daily dermatopathology work-up. Individuals taking the DQA Exams 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 exam and evaluation, participants will receive immediate results including the correct case answers with discussion and references. A CME certificate will be available for printing to those who satisfactorily complete this program. Scores are kept confidential

Available DQA Exams

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

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

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™

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

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™

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

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™

Release Date: 5/1/15
Closing Date: 5/1/18

Registration and Access to DQA Exams

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Exam Availability

The online Diagnostic Quality Assurance exams are available for credit for a three-year period after publication and provide immediate results and confirmation of credit earned. Specific closing dates will be posted with each exam.

Accreditation Information

The American Society of Dermatopathology 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™

Who Should Participate in the Diagnostic Quality Assurance Exam?

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



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Continuing Medical Education Policy/Disclosure

The American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). As such, we are required to meet the ACCME’s expectations for our practice of continuing medical education.

It is the policy of the ASDP to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. Faculty participating in and planning the MOC online self-assessments must comply with all procedures governing disclosure. The ASDP has implemented a process where everyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity will present evidence-based content, disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest and discussion of unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product. In addition, presentations must be free of commercial bias and any information regarding commercial products/services must be based on scientific methods generally accepted by the medical community.

Conflicts were resolved prior to this educational activity. Faculty who refused to disclose relevant financial relationships and discussion of unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product would have been disqualified from being a part of the planning and implementation of this CME activity.

Faculty disclosures can be found on individual exam pages.


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