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ASCP stands for American Society of Clinical Pathologists. It is a professional association based in Chicago, Illinois encompassing 130,000 pathologists and laboratory professionals.

Founded in 1922, the ASCP provides programs in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and lab professionals. In addition, the ASCP publishes numerous textbooks, newsletters and other manuals, and publishes two industry journals: American Journal of Clinical Pathology, the leading clinically oriented peer-reviewed pathology and laboratory medicine research journal, and Labmedicine, a monthly periodical dedicated to providing the entire laboratory community with continuing education, career development and information about emerging technologies. ASCP also publishes Critical Values, a quarterly news magazine.

ASCP provides pathologists, medical affiliates, medical students and laboratory professionals with educational resources and professional development tools including continuing medical education, ASCP certification, networking opportunities, and representation in Washington about issues related to pathology professionals such as increasing laboratory standards, improving healthcare and reaching patients in need.

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), with accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, is the oldest and largest certification agency for pathologists and laboratory professionals. The BOC has certified more than 450,000 people since it was founded in 1928 and represents the gold standard for certification of pathologists’ assistants and laboratory professionals.

ASCP supports ongoing learning needs while also helping professionals meet institutional, licensure and MOC or CMP requirements. ASCP is accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME) to provide CME for physicians and continuing medical laboratory education (CMLE) for lab professionals.

Educational programs include online self-studies and assessments, live teleconferences and webcasts and workshops and conferences.

ASCP also offers a variety of activities and tools designed to help pathologists meet Part II and Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements from the American Board of Pathology, and help laboratory professionals meet Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements. In addition to providing tools to obtain CE credits, ASCP’s new online member portal, is available to help professionals navigate the MOC or CMP process.

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