ASD in Histopathology Reporting
Demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge and skill and advance your career with an Advanced Specialist Diploma
The RCPath/IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histopathology Reporting - Gastrointestinal Tract Pathology/Gynaecological Pathology/Dermatopathology is a portfolio based training programme covering the broad-based elements of histopathology training.
The training has three stages each of which will last for a minimum of 12 months covering the broad-based elements of histopathology training and will lead to the RCPath/IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histopathology Reporting - Gastrointestinal Tract Pathology/ Gynaecological Pathology/Dermatopathology.
Joint Statement on Histopathology Reporting
May 2017 - The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) have come together to produce 'The Role of Biomedical Scientists in Histopathology Reporting: A Joint Statement from the RCPath and the IBMS'. The statement can be found here.
Who can apply
- be a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical or clinical scientist
- have at least 7 years experience post-registration
- be a Member or Fellow of the IBMS
- be experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated
If you are a Member of the IBMS it is strongly recommended that you have completed the IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice in Histological Dissection in the appropriate pathology before apply to undertaking the RCPath/IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histopathology Reporting.
You must also:
- be working in a UK laboratory which has UKAS/CPA accreditation
- have the support of your department with a view to the candidate eventually becoming a member of the Histopathology Reporting Team
- demonstrate a commitment from your Trust to provide both an Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor who will support you through the training period
Application Process - 2017 Intake
10 July 2017 Update - The application window for the next intake on the gastrointestinal and gynaecological pathology pathways and the new dermatopathology pathway is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 25 August 2017. Applications must be made using the application form which can be found here.
The guidance documents below provide information to both candidates and trainers on the requirements of Stages A to C of the Diploma in Histopathology Reporting. The guidance includes information on the curriculum and what needs to be included in the portfolio for each stage and the assessment indicators against which that will be assessed. It also includes information on the examination arrangements for Stage A and C. Please note that these documents are subject to change as processes may be amended as the qualification continues.
Please note that the dermatopathology guidance is subject to change as the specimen types listed in the appendix may be amended.
Please contact the IBMS Examinations Team for further information.
On the successful completion of the ASD a Stage D of training will need to be undertaken. This is a post-qualification 'preceptorship' stage that aims to support the individual to achieve a post-qualification competence and confidence consistent with that of a qualified medical consultant histopathologist to independently report defined specimen types.
Examination Process 2017
The arrangements for the assessment of each Stage of the Histopathology Reporting qualification in 2017 can be found here.
The application form for the submission of the portfolio can be found here.