How can you make something less onerous if the pass rate is already 100%?
Because what makes it onerous is not the actual exam, but the fees for the exam, the hoops you have to jump through, and (though this latter part is changing) the travel involved.
I have no reason to believe they think they are doing a service to pathology. Nothing I have seen has given me reason to think they are trying to do a service to anyone but themselves as individuals. Every step along the way -- self selection, contractual secrecy, renigging on promises with no viable explanation other than being self-serving, providing themselves absurd salaries, lap-dogging to ABMS, and so on.
Ditto. I just studied the topics for the general module by skimming Sternberg on topics that needed reviewing. Didn't bother studying for the subspecialty module since I practice that on a daily basis.The ABPath website lists the topics of every question. Review that. Apparently, no one has yet failed this exam, so don't stress a lot.
Rumors are that ABP is working to try to eliminate the exam, and replace it with something else less onerous.
It seems they are trying to follow the Anesthesia model with their MOCA minute where you get an email each week and answer a question a week (or batch them in groups 20 or so) and then they follow you along to see how you're doing. Honestly, I'd rather just pay to take the simple exam that everyone passes. It's relatively cheap compared to some other specialities now that we don't have to travel to Tampa to take it. Other than the exam and actually filling out that form every two years, the requirements are easy and mostly fulfilled by stuff we do in an normal practice anyway. We don't have to do some quality type studies and those requirements are fulfilled by things like sitting on a quality committee, a transfusion committee, or even just passing the cytology proficiency exam.
It seems rads is going the way of MOCA minute too. But they have waived the 10 year exam for people who were not required to take it before 2017: https://www.theabr.org/sites/all/themes/abr-media/pdf/ABR_MOC_Part_3_Changes_Press_Release.pdf