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Slide Type Challenges per Year Number of Shipments
Conventional/SurePath/ThinPrep 10 Three shipments per year; one shipment for proficiency testing (10 slides) and two shipments for education (5 slides each)
Individual Participant Response Form APAPJPT2

Additional Information

  • Participants can receive laboratory reference interpretations and performance for the PAP Education slides within 20 minutes by fax.
  • The PAP Education component meets the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program requirement for participation in a peer educational program.

Program Information

  • Ten glass slides for proficiency testing and ten glass slides for education
  • Reporting option with CME/CE for each pathologist/cytotechnologist (within the same institution); must order in conjunction with survey APAPCPT1/APAPCPT2/APAPJPT1/APAPJPT2/APAPKPT1/APAPKPT2/APAPLPT1/APAPLPT2/APAPMPT1/APAPMPT2
  • Earn a maximum of 8 CME credits (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) per pathologist and a maximum of 8 CE credits per cytotechnologist for completing all challenges
  • This activity meets the ABP CC Part IV Practice Performance Assessment requirements

Shipping Schedule


  • In the shopping cart, select a primary testing date with two alternative date options. The CAP will schedule the PT according to slideset availability and laboratory preference.
Feb 4 Mar 4 Apr 1 May 6 Jun 3 Jul 8 Aug 5 Sep 9 Oct 7 Nov 4
Feb 19 Mar 18 Apr 15 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 22 Aug 19 Sep 23 Oct 21 Nov 18

Education :

  • Series 2, A mailing: May 13-June 3
  • Series 2, B mailing: November 4-November 25

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