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 for Specimen Dissection
Applicants must be a Member or Fellow of the IBMS, HCPC registered and 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). You must also have at least seven years whole time equivalent post-registration experience in histology
as well as:
- 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
Specimen Dissection 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.
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.
Specimen Dissection 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:
- payment of £25, along with
- a complete training log book order form
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:
- payment of £400, along with
- a completed application form
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.
Specimen Dissection key dates
- Portfolio submission deadline - 25 May
- Examination date - 3 September
- Viva Voce Exam - Date TBC
(Venues - University of Westminster and Glasgow Caledonian University and Ulster University Jordanstown Campus)
Portfolio submission 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Closing date for applications for 2019 examinations - Friday 3 May
- Portfolio submission deadline - Friday 24 May
- Examination Dates - Monday 2 September (Venues - TBC)
Portfolio submission 2019 Candidates will be required to submit their portfolio of experiential learning to the Head of Examinations at the Institute offices. The submission deadline is Friday 24 May 2019. Hard copies should be sent to 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL. Candidates may, if they wish to save paper, submit their case log on a memory stick. Alternatively portfolios can be submitted via email to email@example.com
Specimen Dissection 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
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.
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.
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:
Specimen Dissection resources
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.
Specimen Dissection reference copies
Deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances
If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.