For those taking the maintenance of certification (MOC) examination at some point in the next few years, the American Board of Pathology (ABP) has published topics that may be covered in the examination. The examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, 50 of which are required to be in the a category designated "general neuropathology I". The remaining 100 questions can be from various categories which the examinee chooses (general neuropathology II, degenerative I & II, developmental/pediatric/congenital I & II, neoplastic I & II, and neuromuscular I & II). The ABP provides an MOC examination study guide to help examinees prepare for the exam. The following list is copied from the study guide and includes possible topics in the mandatory general neuropathology 50-question module:
abnormal corticospinal tracts/pyramids
acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalopathy
motor cortex; smear prep
astrocytomas; chemotherapeutic resistance
multiple system atrophy
axonal injury; IHC
borderzone hypoxic-ischemic damage
orbital plate fractures
cervical spinal cord tracts
pituitary gland histology
CNS neoplasms; loss of heterozygosity
CSF; metastatic tumors
primary angiitis of the CNS
deep (basal) nuclei; tracts
ragged red fibers
dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor
fetal developmental; neuroanatomy
skeletal muscle ultrastructure
spinal cord anatomy
GM1 and GM2 gangliosidoses
hereditary sensory-motor neuropathies
infant developmental neuropathology; cerebellum
infant spinal cord; sequence of myelination
trinucleotide repeat disorders
Lafora progressive myoclonic epilepsy
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Neuropathology Maintenance of Certification Topics
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Thank you for the listing, it is very useful. Fibrillary astrocytoma is not anymore an entity in the WHO 2016. It would be good for ABP to update the topics, otherwise they don't serve the purpose of MOC.
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