Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology

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Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, abbreviated DABP, is the thing one becomes when one passes the American Board of Pathology examination.

Overview

American pathology world

It is divided into:

  • Anatomic pathology (AP).
  • Clinical pathology (CP).

Training

  • Most American residents do a combined certification, i.e. they sit both the AP and CP exams.
  • There is no clinical year (like in Canada).
  • AP/CP is four years.
  • AP alone is three years.

Anatomic pathology examination

Components

  1. "Written" component.
    • It is a misnomer... it is all multiple choice.
    • No pictures.
  2. "Practical" component.
    • Images, virtual slides and glass slides.
    • All multiple choice. Questions may be hinged... e.g. it is a tubular adenoma and they ask what syndrome may they be seen in.

Pass rate

Overall

Based on the 2008 test takers:[1]

  • First time test takers: 86%.
  • Overall pass rate: 76%.

RISE as a predictor

Strongly correlated with performance on the Resident In-Service Examination (RISE):[2]

RISE score
quartile
Examination
pass rate
1st 97%
2nd 92%
3rd 86%
4th 46%

Location

  • Tampa, Florida.[3]

See also

References

  1. URL: http://www.cap.org/apps/docs/pathology_residents/pdf/RF_Exec_Cte_Report_Fall09.pdf. Accessed on: 30 May 2012.
  2. Rinder, HM.; Grimes, MM.; Wagner, J.; Bennett, BD. (Oct 2011). "Senior pathology resident in-service examination scores correlate with outcomes of the American Board of Pathology certifying examinations.". Am J Clin Pathol 136 (4): 499-506. doi:10.1309/AJCPA7O4BBUGLSWW. PMID 21917671.
  3. URL: http://pathinfo.wikia.com/wiki/Study_Resources_/_Pathology_Board_Exam_Preparation. Accessed on: 30 May 2012.

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