File attached - Any thoughts? Also: From January 2003 ABP newsletter (see: http://www.abpath.org/200301newsltr.htm) The American Board of Pathology (ABP) is dependent for operating revenue on the fees for its certification examinations. The ABP has led in the development and use of computer systems for the administration of the certification examinations, the use of multiple computer examination sites for the simultaneous administration of primary certification examinations, and the use of a virtual microscope system. In 2003, the ABP will reduce the time for the primary certification examinations (anatomic pathology and clinical pathology) from 1.5 days each to 1 day each. This will decrease the number of weeks in the primary certification examination cycle and decrease result-reporting time. These developments come at a cost, and the Trustees have reluctantly agreed to increase examination fees to cover this cost. Therefore, the fees will be increased as follows: Combined examinations (any combination) $2,200 Single examinations $1,800 Recertification $1,000 These fees will become effective for candidates taking examinations after the 2003 Spring primary examinations and will be in effect for all subspecialty examinations in 2003 and for the Fall primary examinations. The fee for recertification will become effective as of the 2003 application cycle. These increased fees are in line with those charged by American Board of Medical Specialties member boards of comparable size, as determined by the number of diplomates certified yearly. Spring 2003 primary certification examinations (Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology) of The American Board of Pathology will be administered via computer at the examination centers of: The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Deerfield, Illinois The American Board of Radiology, Tucson, Arizona The American Board of Pathology, Tampa, Florida From the January 2002 newsletter (see http://www.abpath.org/200201newsltr.htm) Beginning in 2002, the Spring examinations for primary certification (APCP, AP, or CP) will be held at four computer examination sites. Applicants will indicate their site preferences by ranking all locations in order of preference. Assignments will be made at the discretion of the ABP. The sites are as follows: Tampa, Florida at the American Board of Pathology Tucson, Arizona at the American Board of Radiology Deerfield, Illinois (suburb of Chicago) at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Dallas, Texas at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology My take: when the ABP stopped offering the exam in Arizona, Texas, and Illinois and required everyone to go to Tampa, then shouldn't the cost savings for this tax-exempt institution (the ABP) been passed on by reducing the exam fees? Also what is the rationale for having the fee for one examination ($1800 for AP or CP) be more than 80 percent of the fee to take both examinations ($2200)?