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ASD in Specimen Dissection

Demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge and skill and advance your career with an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Histological Dissection is available in either: 

  • Lower GI Pathology
  • Breast Pathology

The IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Histological Dissection enables biomedical scientists to demonstrate the scientific and clinical knowledge underpinning the practice of either Lower GI or Breast pathology specimen dissection and the practical competence required to accurately dissect all Lower GI or Breast specimens whether benign or malignant.

Candidates who achieve an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histological Dissection will be able to:

  • undertake a role that involves the description, dissection and block sampling of all Lower GI or Breast pathology specimens
  • to offer expert professional advice on Lower GI or Breast pathology dissection
  • to participate in the training of biomedical scientists and junior medical staff in Lower GI or Breast pathology specimen dissection

 


Who can apply

In addition to: 

  • being a Member or Fellow of the IBMS
  • being Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
  • hold an IBMS Diploma in Expert Practice in Histological Dissection which must have included evidence for the module that you wish to do the ASD in (Lower GI or Breast)
  • have at least 7 years whole time equivalent post-registration experience in histology 

you must also:

  • have a single named consultant pathologist trainer who has overall responsibility for mentoring and guiding you and monitoring your progress
  • undertake your training in a laboratory with CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd) or UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) registration
  • undertake your training in a laboratory with IBMS post-registration training approval

 


Qualification Structure 

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histological Dissection is a professional vocational qualification assessed by completion of a training logbook and a written and oral examination.

The training logbook provides a record of your training and should contain evidence of regular assessments of your competence in reporting the specimen types covered by this qualification by your named consultant pathologist supervisor. 

Once your named consultant pathologist supervisor is satisfied that your training is complete you can submit your training logbook and go on to the written and oral examinations. 

Breast pathology guidance to candidates and trainers

Lower GI pathology guidance to candidates and trainers

Please note 
In the guidance documents, the eligibility criteria state that you need to be a Fellow of the Institute to undertake either qualification. As of Summer 2016, this is no longer the case. Applicants will be accepted from those who have Member (MIBMS) status of the Institute. The other eligibility criteria remain the same.

 


Assessment 

The examination of an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histological Dissection involves three assessments:

  • a portfolio assessment 
  • a written examination
  • an oral examination 
Portfolio assessment

You must meet 31 standards in order to pass your portfolio assessment and progress to the written and practical examinations.

Your portfolio will be independently assessed by two members of the Conjoint Examination Board. 

Written examination 

In the 90 minute examination, you will cover scenarios encountered in the dissection of Lower GI or Breast pathology specimen dissection from any specimen categories.

The examination may also include questions on clinical governance, pathological processes or relevant topical matters.

Oral examination 

The oral examination will cover the case studies and other evidence from your training logbook and will last 45-60 minutes.

For further information please read:

Breast pathology guidance to candidates and trainers 

Lower GI pathology guidance to candidates and trainers 

 


Fees and how to apply 

It costs £25 to order an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Specimen Dissection training logbook. To order this, please submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

To apply for the qualification in the year in which you plan to submit your portfolio for assessment you will need to submit to the IBMS Examinations Team

Fees can be paid by: 

  • cheque made payable to "IBMS"
  • credit or debit card payment by phone on +44 (0)207 731 0214 ext 142 or 
  • purchase order from your hospital Trust

You can also submit a copy of your application and payment by post to Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.


Key dates 

2017
  • Closing date for applications - 5th May
  • Portfolio submission deadline - 26th May
  • Examination date - 4th September

(Venues - University of Westminster and Glasgow Caledonian University and Ulster University Jordanstown Campus)

Portfolio submission 2017
Candidates will be required to submit their portfolio of experiential learning and training logbook to the Head of Examinations at the Institute offices. Hard copies should be sent to 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

Electronic copies should be emailed to examinations@ibms.org

 


Resources 

Guidance on Recognising and Avoiding Plagiarism

Portfolio assessment indicators

You can find discipline-specific reading lists to support you in completing an  IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma on our Science Reading page.

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an  IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in our Resources section

 


Reference copies 

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Breast Pathology Training Logbook

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Lower GI Pathology Training Logbook 

 


Deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact examinations@ibms.org as soon as possible.

For further information about the IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma please contact examinations@ibms.org