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CAP Home > CAP Accreditation and Laboratory Improvement > Gynecologic Cytology PT Program (PAP PT) > proficiency_testing/pap_pt/general_information.html > Education Information

  Education Information

 

Published September 5, 2006

Enrollment in PAP PT includes the opportunity to participate in two education mailings of The Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Gynecologic Cytopathology (Education Series). Each of the two education mailings will include five glass slide cases (10 per year) and instructions on accessing two online virtual microscopy cases (4 per year). Laboratories may choose either Education Series 1, ship dates January (A mailing) and July (B mailing); or Education Series 2, ship dates April (A mailing) and October (B mailing). Please note there are specific cut-off dates for ordering Series 1 and Series 2 under Enrollment Information.

For the glass slide cases, reference interpretations and laboratory performance profiles are available within 20 minutes by fax, providing rapid education feedback, peer comparison, and further review time before returning the slides to the CAP. The PAP Year End Summary Report (YESR) compiles the performance of slides and diagnoses across laboratories. The PAP YESR is sent to laboratories the following year once the statistics are completed.

Each education mailing also includes instructions on accessing two online virtual microscopy cases, which use digital image technology to simulate the use of a microscope. Online cases will consist of diagnostic challenges that may be unusual or difficult to interpret. Participants will be able to manipulate the online images by scanning across the virtual slide, moving between planes, and changing the magnification. Participants will receive immediate feedback as they select interpretations and answer case-related questions.

Accreditation
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Category 1
The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 category 1 credits (10 credits for the glass slide review and 2 credits for the online case review) toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should only claim those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

CE (Continuing Education for non-physicians)
The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 credits/hours (10 credits for the glass slide review and 2 credits for the online case review) of continuing education. Each participant should only claim those credits/hours he/she actually spent in the activity.

This activity is acceptable to meet the continuing education requirements for the ASCP Board of Registry Certification Maintenance Program. Cytotechnologists may also apply credits/hours for the education component of PAP PT toward required educational activities for the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) Continuing Education Credit Program (CECC), and the International Academy of Cytology (IAC).

California and Florida Statement
This activity is approved for continuing education credit in the states of California and Florida.

 

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