College of American Pathologists

  Online Virtual Biopsy Program


Updated October 9, 2012

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Assess and improve your diagnostic skills in surgical pathology with the Online Virtual Biopsy Program in Surgical Pathology (VBP) (SAM eligible). Using digital image technology to simulate the use of a microscope, evaluate slides and examine a wide variety of esoteric case materials and receive peer review of all participants with identical diagnostic challenges. The VBP Program is designed as an educational activity and is unsuitable for proficiency testing.

Four online activities will be available yearly, each containing five diagnostic challenges. Each challenge will consist of one digital image per case, plus clinical history, diagnostic findings and other ancillary testing data. Participants will be able to manipulate the digital slide images by scanning throughout the slide field and changing the magnification. Some cases may also include gross, radiographic, or endoscopic images. Participants will receive immediate feedback as they select ancillary studies and diagnoses from a master list.

After participants have completed all five cases by selecting the correct diagnosis, they will be presented with a 15-question assessment. These questions relate to the correct diagnosis for each of the five cases.

This activity offers 5.75 CME/SAM credits which may be applied to the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements (see details below) provided a successful passing score is obtained. No CE credit is available.

Passing Requirements for SAM Credit

CME/SAM credit can be claimed upon completion of this educational activity. Participants who correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items may apply their earned credit(s) to the ABP’s SAM requirements. Participants have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test in order to apply credit to the ABP’s SAM requirements. Participants who earn a score less than 70% on all three attempts are still eligible to claim CME credit(s); however, this credit cannot be applied to the ABP’s SAM requirements.

Note: For CME enduring activities released after July 1, 2011 the AMA requirements are that CME credit can only be awarded to participants who receive a passing score on a post-test.

Computer Requirements (Minimum)

The CAP’s online virtual microscopy education activities require Internet access. The download speed and the appearance of the site will vary depending on the type and speed of your Internet connection, your computer’s processing speed, and your Web browser’s capabilities and settings. Higher speed connections will load Web pages and images at a faster rate, and specific software will enhance how the pages look on screen.

The CAP website is designed to be viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768.

The CAP website is best viewed using the following browsers:

CAP Education courses are best viewed using the following browsers:

Note: Pop-up blockers must be turned off.

Important: The CAP does not recommend using a MAC to view Education courses regardless of browser version.

To view and manipulate the online virtual microscopy display, you are required to have Flash version 9.0 or higher (Windows).

Please forward navigation or CME certificate questions to the educations operations staff by email or 800-323-4040, ext.7525.


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