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.


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


  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


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
pass rate
1st 97%
2nd 92%
3rd 86%
4th 46%


  • Tampa, Florida.[3]

See also


  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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