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Slide Type Challenges per Year Number of Shipments
SurePath/ThinPrep 10 Three shipments per year; one shipment for proficiency testing (10 slides) and two shipments for education (5 slides each)
Individual Participant Response Form APAPLPT1

Additional Information

  • Participants will receive an evaluation via email shortly after submitting results online.
  • The PAP Education component meets the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program requirement for participation in a peer educational program.

Program Information

  • Ten glass slides for proficiency testing and ten glass slides for education
  • Reporting option with CME or CE credit for each pathologist/cytotechnologist (within the same institution); must order in conjunction with program PAPCPT/PAPKPT/PAPMPT/PAPLPT/PAPJPT
  • Earn a maximum of 8 CME credits (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) per pathologist and a maximum of 8 CE credits per cytotechnologist for completing all challenges
  • This activity meets the ABP CC Part IV Practice Performance Assessment requirements

Shipping Schedule


  • In the shopping cart, select a primary testing date with two alternative date options. The CAP will schedule the PT according to slideset availability and laboratory preference.
Feb 3 Mar 2 Apr 6 May 4 Jun 1 Jul 6 Aug 3 Sep 8 Oct 5 Nov 2
Feb 18 Mar 16 Apr 20 May 18 Jun 15 Jul 20 Aug 17 Sep 21 Oct 19 Nov 16


  • Series 1, A mailing: February 10-March 2
  • Series 1, B mailing: August 10-August 31

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