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Non-Gynaecological Cytology

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

The IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Non-Gynaecological Cytology enables you to demonstrate the scientific and clinical knowledge that underpins the assessment of non-gynaecological cytology specimens.

Candidates who achieve an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Non-Gynaecological Cytology will be able to:

  • undertake a role that involves the acquisition, preparation, assessment and reporting of selected non-gynaecological cytology specimens, including those where a clinically significant diagnosis is made
  • offer expert professional advice on non-gynaecological cytology specimen reporting 
  • participate in the training of biomedical scientists and specialist trainee medical staff in the reporting of normal and abnormal non-gynaecological cytology.
Further information

Who can apply for the ASD in Non-Gynaecological Cytology

Applicants must be a Member or Fellow of the IBMS, HCPC registered and hold an IBMS Diploma in Expert Practice in Non-Gynaecological Cytology and /or the Diploma of Interpretative and Diagnostic Cytology. You must also have seven years post registration experience in non-gynaecological cytology with substantial experience (at least 4 years) in pre-reporting for consultant pathologists  and reporting negative sample as well as have more than three years at a senior level involvement with preparation, quality management, EQA and IQC of the relevant categories of non-gynaecological specimens

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

Please note 
In the guidance document, the eligibility criteria state that you need to be a Fellow of the Institute to undertake either qualification. This is no longer the case. Applicants will be accepted from those who have Member (MIBMS) status of the Institute and who successfully completed the DEP in Non-Gynaecological Cytology as long as they meet the other stated criteria. 

 

ASD in Non-Gynaecological Cytology qualification structure

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Non-Gynaecological Cytology is a professional vocational qualification assessed by a portfolio of evidence and examination.

The portfolio of evidence 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. 

The portfolio of evidence must include:

  • a prospectively constructed shadow reporting log of at least 500 cases
  • ten different case studies/reports reflecting the case-mix within non-cervical cytology you encounter during your training period

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

Guidance to candidates and trainers

ASD in Non-Gynaecological Cytology assessment

The examination of an  IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Non-Gynaecological Cytology involves three assessments:

  • a portfolio assessment 
  • a written examination
  • a practical microscopy examination 
Portfolio assessment

You must meet 28 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 

You will be expected to answer four out of six short-answer questions in 90 minutes, which will include including case-based scenarios.

Practical microscopy examination

Short Cases

You will be expected to review 12 cases in 72 minutes and provide their diagnosis along with any confirmatory ancillary tests that should be undertaken where appropriate.

Long Cases

Candidates will be expected to review five cases in 100 minutes. 

 

ASD in Non-Gynaecological Cytology key dates

 

2018

  • Closing date for applications - Friday 16 February
  • Portfolio submission deadline - Friday 9 March
  • Examination date - Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June 2018 (Venue - North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre)

Portfolio submission 2018

Candidates will be required to submit an electronic version of the portfolio of experiential learning to the Head of Examinations at the Institute offices via email to: examinations@ibms.org

It is recognised that this may not always be possible and therefore a hard copy version of the portfolio will also be acceptable. Candidates submitting a hard copy of their portfolio should send this to the Head of Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

ASD in Non-Gynaecological Cytology fees and how to apply

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 apply to undertake an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Non-Gynaecological Cytology:

  • before you begin your training or
  • while you undertake your training and complete your portfolio of evidence

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

Confirmation of application

Once your application has been accepted you will be sent confirmation of your candidacy and a reminder of the submission deadline for your portfolio. 

ASD in Non-Gynaecological Cytology resources

Guidance to candidates and trainers includes an indicative reading list

Guidance on Recognising and Avoiding Plagiarism

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

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

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.