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Pathology Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Clinical Pathology - Microbiology
  • Clinical Pathology - Lab Management
  • Clinical Pathology - Hematology
  • Clinical Pathology - Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology - Blood Banking
  • Clinical Pathology - Molecular Pathology
  • Anatomic Pathology - General Pathology
  • Anatomic Pathology - Breast
  • Anatomic Pathology - Lab Management
  • Anatomic Pathology - Alimentary Tract
  • Anatomic Pathology - Respiratory Tract
  • Anatomic Pathology - Female Genital and Placenta
  • Anatomic Pathology - Skin
  • Anatomic Pathology - ENT
  • Anatomic Pathology - Forensics / Autopsy
  • Anatomic Pathology - Genitourinary Tract
  • Anatomic Pathology - Pediatric
  • Anatomic Pathology - Neuropathology
  • Anatomic Pathology - Bone and Soft Tissue
  • Anatomic Pathology - Heme and Lymph Nodes
  • Anatomic Pathology - Cardiovascular
  • Anatomic Pathology - Eye

Information about the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Anatomic Pathology Exam

The complete AP examination is fairly lengthy, taking nearly 8 hours. 94% of the total examination is devoted to questions about specific organ systems or multi-system disease. 6% of the exam is dedicated to general pathology and lab management. For a more detailed breakdown, please see Anatomic Pathology Exam Blueprint.

The Anatomic Pathology Exam is a one-day exam consisting of written and practical sections. All questions are multiple-choice and are in single best answer format.

Written

The Written section consists of 125 questions and candidates have 2 hours to complete it.

Practical

The practical section is composed of a microscopic portion (traditional and virtual) and an image section.

  • Microscopic and Virtual Microscopy Examination: 55 Microscopic questions and 25 Virtual Microscopy questions; Candidates are allotted 3.75 hours to complete this portion.
  • Practical with Images Examination: 120 questions; Candidates are allotted 2 hours to complete this portion.

Information about the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Clinical Pathology Exam

The Clinical Pathology Exam is comprised of a written portion as well as a practical portion. The complete CP examination is 7.25 hours and all questions are multiple-choice in single best answer format.

Written

Naturally, the written portion of the Clinical Pathology exam is very image heavy. The written portion is 130 questions and is administered over a 2 hour period.

Practical

The practical portion of the exam includes graphs, charts, karyotypes, pedigrees, red cell panels, problem solving exercises, and calculations. The practical portion of the exam is 115 questions and is administered over a 3.25 hour period. The practical portion with images is 120 questions administered over a 2 hour period.

All of these question types are covered in the Board Vitals’ question banks.

What is covered on the Clinical Pathology Exam?

  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine 23%
  • Chemical Pathology and Immunopathology 20%
  • Hematopathology 25%
  • Medical Microbiology 22%
  • Laboratory Management 10%

For a more detailed breakdown, please see Clinical Pathology Exam Blueprint.

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