Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology
Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, abbreviated DABP, is the thing one becomes when one passes the American Board of Pathology examination.
American pathology world
It is divided into:
- Anatomic pathology (AP).
- Clinical pathology (CP).
- 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
- "Written" component.
- It is a misnomer... it is all multiple choice.
- No pictures.
- "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.
Based on the 2008 test takers:
- First time test takers: 86%.
- Overall pass rate: 76%.
RISE as a predictor
Strongly correlated with performance on the Resident In-Service Examination (RISE):
- Tampa, Florida.
- URL: http://www.cap.org/apps/docs/pathology_residents/pdf/RF_Exec_Cte_Report_Fall09.pdf. Accessed on: 30 May 2012.
- 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.
- URL: http://pathinfo.wikia.com/wiki/Study_Resources_/_Pathology_Board_Exam_Preparation. Accessed on: 30 May 2012.