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Discussion in 'Pathology' started by Patholo-gyst, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Patholo-gyst

    Patholo-gyst Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nobody in my program who registered for the Boards has heard anything about them--nothing about the dates, whether or not our applications were accepted, or anything else. They did cash all of our checks, so we know the applications got there.

    Anybody else have this problem?

    Also, there is no information on the ABPath web site about how long it takes to take the exam itself--is this a 2 or 3 day thing? We can't find this information anywhere.

    Of course, we'd all love to get our plane tickets before they are ten million dollars . . .

    Ideas?
     
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  3. Brougham

    Brougham Member 10+ Year Member

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    The ABP website states they mailed the date assignments on March 20th. I still haven't gotten my letter and neither have any of my fellow residents. The website also says that if you don't get your letter by March 30th you should call them to find out what's up. Check it out here....

    http://www.abpath.org/default.aspx

    It's a two day exam (if your AP/CP). AP the first day and CP the next day.
     
  4. l&usibari

    l&usibari Guest

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    A resident in my program got it. June 22nd. Don't quote me on that though.
     
  5. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

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    I got mine today. Its a two day exam. I wouldn't buy plane tickets until you have yours in hand...
     
  6. deschutes

    deschutes Thing Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Betsy Bennett, Executive Vice-Prez of ABP, said today that for the 50 autopsies that we all need, the ABP requires us to specify the number of limited/shared/forensic autopsies merely to collect data across the country.

    I don't remember what was last posted about this subject, but basically there are no limits on our numbers for those particular types of autopsies. Of course, for practical relevancy, I'm certainly not suggesting everyone go out and get themselves 50 liver-only autopsies.
     
  7. Makes sense...I remember meeting a 4th yr resident from another program when I was at the ME's office. There aren't many autopsies to begin with at his hospital and I think he said he had somewhere around 15. Suffice it to say, he spent 1 month there and I'm sure he got over 50 autopsies total! :laugh:
     
  8. CameronFrye

    CameronFrye Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I think some of the confusion occurs b/c I believe that the ACGME says path residents should get 40 primary cases. That number gets mixed in with the ABP requirement for 50 and all sorts of myths get propagated.
     
  9. sohsie

    sohsie Member Physician 10+ Year Member

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    I got my "There is no such thing as board eligibility :laugh: " "BOARD QUALIFICATON" letter last week. Got my dates the next day. Bought my plane ticket the same day.

    I had gotten a letter a few weeks earlier saying that my application was complete.

    Someone else in my program hadnt heard anything either. Turns out it was because her app didnt arrive until ~Jan 10th, and they hadnt gotten to those apps yet.
     
  10. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

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    I know the letter doesn't say it, but the test is always at the Quorum, correct?
     
  11. yaah

    yaah Boring Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    According to Dr Bennett, almost all questions related to the boards can be found at www.abpath.org
     
  12. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

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    Really, well maybe Dr. Bennett can show me where it says any of the following:
    What hotel to stay at?
    What the street address of the testing site is? (the website does helpfully suggest "saying at the hotel adjacent to the testing center"

    I know where ABP is, but is the testing center there? I the test is somewhere right around where ABP is, but was curious as the actual location...

    I guess I'm just supposed to wait for more information?
     
  13. sohsie

    sohsie Member Physician 10+ Year Member

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    The second to last letter I got said that Ill get a reservation card to the hotel about 6 weeks before the exam day.
     
  14. Patholo-gyst

    Patholo-gyst Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    I wish Dr. Bennett would also show us where on the page we can find out what time the test starts and ends each day. Should I assume I'll be out of there by 5pm on day 2?

    They keep referring us to the information booklet web page, but there are serious holes in this page--for example, how many days does the exam last? Where exactly does this test take place (besides Tampa)?

    My attendings say that they haven't even gotten the reference cards for the people in my program. So they aren't even evaluating our applications yet.

    But they say 'don't call us' on the web page.

    It wouldn't be so frustrating if we hadn't paid $2,000.00 for this privilege.
     
  15. yaah

    yaah Boring Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Well, if something isn't on the webpage, then call them. If they get enough calls maybe they'll put it there.
     
  16. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

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    Ha!

    These are the people who last year said "we had a lot more applications for AP/CP boards than we expected"

    meaning.. they didn't know that the 4 and 5th year classes were ending together... :rolleyes:
     

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