What: The ASCP recently announced new CMP requirements for Pathologists’ Assistants. They include:
1 point in laboratory or patient safety (i.e. quality control, quality assurance)
20 points in general anatomic pathology
15 points addressing macroscopic examination and staging of cancer cases (i.e. advanced cancer anatomic pathology) NEW!
1 point in medical ethics NEW!
23 remaining points in areas of anatomic pathology, management, education or other clinical specialties
When: We have a long time to prepare for the new requirements. The new requirements will go into effect with all CMP cycles that BEGIN on or after January 1, 2019.
2017 – 2019 certificate maintenance cycle – follow current requirements
2018 – 2020 certificate maintenance cycle – follow current requirements
2019 – 2021 certificate maintenance cycle – follow NEW requirements
Where: Where can you get these new credits? Well, with the AAPA of course! Currently the AAPA offers 15 free credits a year included with your membership. By 2019, the AAPA will offer 20 free credits per year, ensuring these credits fulfill the new advanced cancer credit, the new ethics credit, and the required safety credit. By simply renewing your membership annually, you will have access to all the credits needed to fulfill the new standards.
Examples of where to obtain the new advanced cancer credit include:
AAPA membership: 20 credits offered per year beginning in 2019 to cover the new requirements.
AAPA conferences: Multiple lectures offered to fulfill the new advanced cancer credit requirement.
Hospital Cancer conferences: Most hospital cancer conferences and tumor boards will have all the elements to fulfill the advanced cancer credit.
Author a paper or write a chapter: Papers submitted that include cancer cases and staging information will count as CE for the advanced cancer credit. (Hint: If you authored a chapter for the grossing guideline, it is worth 7 credits!)