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Procedure Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Nongynecologic cytopathology case review – glass slides 5 Four shipments per year
Nongynecologic cytopathology case review – online 5 per year One shipment per year

Additional Information

  • The Nongynecologic Cytopathology Education (NGC) Program is an interlaboratory educational opportunity to assess participants’ screening and interpretive skills. The NGC program is unsuitable for proficiency testing as these cases are chosen for their educational value. Cases may incorporate static online images that incorporate radiology and multiple aspects of pathology to enhance the interpretation.
  • Participants will receive an evaluation via email shortly after submitting results online.
  • Additional online advanced education cases provide immediate feedback on interpretation selection, follow‑up recommendations, and case‑related educational questions.
  • See system requirements.

Program Information

  • Five glass slides; five online advanced education cases; one laboratory response form and two individual response forms; ; NGC provides CME or CE credit for one pathologist or cytotechnologist; for each additional pathologist or cytotechnologist, order NGC1
  • Earn a maximum of 25 CME credits (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) per pathologist and a maximum of 25 CE credits per cytotechnologist for completing the glass slides and online cases
  • This activity meets the ABP CC Part IV Practice Performance Assessment requirements
  • Online, whole slide images powered by DigitalScope® technology

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: January 18 - February 7
  • Shipment B: April 11 - May 2
  • Shipment C: July 18 - August 8
  • Shipment D: October 10 - October 31

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