Continuing Medical Education & Continuing Certification


Continuing Medical Education (CME)

USCAP has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that USCAP delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

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.

Continuing Medical Education Mission 

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) is dedicated to providing pathologists with education at the investigative and applied practice level. USCAP’s educational programs reinforce and update learners’ knowledge of pathology and understanding of pathologic processes, as well as knowledge of current practices in pathology quality and patient safety, with the ultimate goal of improving practice and patient outcomes. USCAP expects to continuously improve and refresh the critical knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of pathology at all levels of our profession. The effectiveness in meeting learner needs to improve competence and performance is assessed by evaluations documenting the improvement of knowledge, performance improvement following hands-on training programs, and outcomes from self-assessments.