Successful participation in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in Pathology, you have to complete continuing education courses. Before we go in to detail about continuing education courses, however, let us talk about MOC in Pathology.
Like most MOC programs, the MOC in Pathology is divided in to three categories. Each category must be completed for an applicant to maintain his or her certification. The three categories are as follows: Part I – License, Part II – Self-evaluation, Part III – Exam.
The American Board of Pathology or ABP has two branches: Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. It goes without saying that there are two content specification committees for MOC. These committees are made up of pathologists with board expertise and other trustees to design a guide for those who are participating in the MOC in Pathology. The contents of the subspecialty test is designed and prepared by the Test Development and Advisory Committee.
The committee will provide a content specification that will serve as an applicant’s guide for the exam. The following are few of the topics covered in the test:
• Fundamental Knowledge on Anatomic Pathology
• Blood Banking and Transfusion
• Chemical Pathology
• Laboratory Administration and Operations
Those are just few of the topics and the board holds the right to come up with test questions not under the above mentioned topics.
The most time-consuming part of the MOC, however, is Part II. During self-assessment, you (as an applicant) must complete a total of 100 continuing education credits. This can be achieved by taking part in continuing education courses – lectures, online, on-site courses, seminars, and workshops, among many others. All continuing education courses offered by accredited CME providers entitle you to several CME credits.
This may sound rather easy but this is the most challenging part of MOC for most pathologists. We all know that participating in CME activities can help us offer the best kind of service we can offer our patients. However, it is difficult to find time for CME activities with our extremely busy schedules. That is also the reason why most pathologists find this part difficult.
However, getting continuing education credits is not an option but a requirement. To make certain you gain enough CME credits amidst your schedule, try online CME. Online CME will provide you with the same credits you will get from seminars and workshops, with the convenience of being at home or at the office. No travel expenses and not hassel.