Continuing Medical Education & Continuing Certification


Continuing Medical Education (CME)

USCAP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Certification (CC)

USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABPath requirements of Continuing Certification. The ABPath CC program consists of four parts, which are described in greater detail under CC requirements:

  • Part I: Professionalism and Professional Standing – Diplomates must hold a valid, unrestricted medical license, meet the ABPath’s professionalism expectations, and abide by the American Medical Association’s and American Osteopathic Association’s Code of Ethics.
  • Part II: Life-Long Learning and Self-Assessment – Diplomates must meet the ABPath’s learning and self-assessment requirements.
  • Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills – Diplomates must assess their pathology specific knowledge, judgment, and skills by passing a secure examination during every 10-year CC cycle.
  • Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice – Diplomates must engage in specialty relevant performance-in-practice assessment and improvement activities.
  • ABPath-approved Patient Safety Course – Diplomates must complete an ABPath-approved PSC once every 10-years. The requirement must be met withing the first four years after initial certification unless initially certified in 2009, 2010, or 2011.

ABPath diplomates must obtain and report to the ABPath a minimum of 70.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each two-year period of the ten-year CC cycle. At least 20 of these 70 CME credits must be SAMs. For more details on CC requirements, visit the ABPath.