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CTTR 109th Semi-Annual Cancer Seminar[colon]Surgical Pathology of Soft Tissue Tumors December 3, 2000

The Guest Moderator for the seminar will be Christopher Fletcher, MD, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Franciso, CA.

The seminar offers up to 10 hours of Category I ACCME Credit. The fee for the seminar is $275.00 (full package[mdash]attendance, slides [amp] case histories, color syllabus); $140.00 (attendance only[mdash]includes color syllabus).

For more information, please contact[colon] California Tumor Tissue Registry, [incare] LLU School of Medicine, 11021 Campus Avenue, AH 335, Loma Linda, CA 92350; TEL[colon] (909) 558-4788; FAX[colon] (909) 558-0188; e-mail[colon] cttr[commat]linkline.com

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CTTR 110th Semi-Annual Cancer Seminar[colon]Intrathoracic Neoplasms June 3, 2001

Directed by Jeffrey Myers, MD, to be held at the Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA.

The seminar offers up to 10 hours of Category I ACCME Credit. The fee for the seminar is $275.00 (full package[mdash]attendance, slides [amp] case histories, color syllabus); $140.00 (attendance only[mdash]includes color syllabus).

For more information, please contact[colon] California Tumor Tissue Registry, [incare] LLU School of Medicine, 11021 Campus Avenue, AH 335, Loma Linda, CA 92350; TEL[colon] (909) 558-4788; FAX[colon] (909) 558-0188; e-mail[colon] cttr[commat]linkline.com

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Time-Limited Certification in Pathology

In response to increasing public pressure for evidence that physicians are maintaining their practice competence, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) established a Task Force on Competence in 1998. Its recommendations were presented to the ABMS Assembly in March 2000, which voted to require that all member Boards evolve their recertification processes into programs of maintenance of certification (MOC). This MOC structure was defined by four components[colon] 1) evidence of professional standing; 2) evidence of commitment of lifelong learning and involvement in periodic self-assessment; 3) evidence of cognitive expertise; 4) evidence of evaluation of performance in practice. The ABMS Task Force also recommended that[colon] A) The ABMS take a clear public position that member Boards have the responsibility to set standards for and assess the continuing competence of their diplomates; B) The ABMS member Boards enlist the cooperation and support of their cooperating specialty societies in the development and implementation of continuing clinical competence assessment programs.

In response to this ABMS initiative, The American Board of Pathology (ABP) established a Maintenance of Certification committee in 1999 to initiate a discussion and planning process with its cooperating societies. An outgrowth of these discussions was the recognition that an effective program of maintenance of certification in pathology requires that initial Board certification be for a limited period of time[mdash]as it currently is for every other medical society. Therefore, beginning in 2006, The American Board of Pathology will issue time-limited primary and subspecialty certificates of 10 years duration. Although the maintenance of certification process must be completed no later than 10 years after the initial time-limited certification, it may be completed as soon as the 8th year if desired. The time-limited certification will apply to all residents entering 4-year AP/CP pathology training programs in 2001. Pathologists holding certificates, which are not time-limited, are encouraged to participate in the current voluntary Maintenance of Certification (AKA Recertification) program.

For more information contact William H. Hartmann, MD, Executive Vice President, The American Board of Pathology, P.O. Box 25915, Tampa, FL 33622-5915; TEL[colon] (813) 286-2444; FAX[colon] (813) 289-5279; website[colon] http[colon]//http://www.abpath.org.

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