College of American Pathologists

CAP Advanced Practical Pathology Programs (AP3) offer pathologists the opportunity to develop, demonstrate, and become recognized for knowledge and skills in areas not currently addressed by the American Board of Pathology (ABP).

AP3s combine rigorous continuing medical education (CME) coursework and objective cognitive and practical assessments for pathologists to earn the CAP’s AP3 Certificate of Recognition—an indicator that they have met knowledge- and performance-based criteria demonstrating expertise in the studied domain.

Pathologists who successfully complete AP3s keep current, develop and demonstrate new skills, and prepare themselves for rewarding and exciting transformational new roles.

Participant requirements to earn an AP3 Certificate of Recognition

  1. Board Certification in anatomic and/or clinical pathology from the ABP, the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology (AOBP), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS).
  2. Completion of Continuing Medical Education in the program’s area of special expertise. This will vary with each AP3.
  3. Successful completion of a cognitive assessment that objectively measures practical knowledge in the program area of expertise.
  4. Successful completion of one or more practical assessments that measure performance in the program area.