Diplomates’ ABPath ID numbers consist of digits only with no leading zeros. If you do not have a diplomate’s ABPath ID, you will need to get it from the physician. Diplomates can locate their ID number by logging into their personal account in PATHway, ABPath’s online platform used to connect the board and pathologists, or by calling ABPath at (813) 286-2444 Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm CT.
As a part of their collaboration with ACCME, the ABPath has expanded the acceptable types of assessments for SAMs. SAM activities are no longer limited to tests or quizzes as their evaluation mechanism. Providers are still required to ensure that the evaluation is relevant to the activity content and accurately demonstrates that the learner has engaged with that content. The evaluation must also include a passing standard and feedback to the learner. Learners must meet the passing standard in order to earn SAM credit.
If providers choose to use a test or quiz, it must comply with the requirements in Appendix B of the ABPath program guide. Examples of other Evaluation methods can also be found in Appendix A.
Yes, activities may offer up to three credit types for ABPath ContinuingCertification. All pathology-relevant accredited CME activities will meet the requirements of ABPath Lifelong Learning (Part II). Based on the additional requirements outlined in the program guide, activities could also offer credit for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) and/or Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV).
The Self-Assessment Module or SAM is a type of CME activity defined by the American Board of Pathology. SAM activities must be accredited CME and must offer a robust evaluation component. Learners must successfully complete the evaluation in order to earn SAM credit.
Specific requirements for SAM activities can be found in the ABPath program guide.
The number of ABPath Continuing Certification credits is equal to the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated for the activity. For example, if your activity is designated for three AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, then it would count for three ABPath Continuing Certification credits.
ABPath diplomates must obtain a minimum of 70 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits for each two-year period. At least 20 of the 70 credits must come from Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs). Eighty percent of these credits must be directly related to the diplomate’s scope of practice.