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ASCCP Colposcopy Mentorship Program

The ASCCP Colposcopy Mentorship Program (CMP) is a three-tiered mentorship program designed to improve the beginning colposcopist’s skills in understanding the disease process of the lower genital tract. The program’s components are:

Tier 1: ASCCP’s Comprehensive Colposcopy Course – This ACCME-accredited basic colposcopy course provides the necessary didactic knowledge. Information about the course and a schedule of upcoming offerings can be found at Meetings and Courses.

Tier 2: Supervised mentorship training period, of 12 to 24 months, during which the beginning colposcopist (mentee) performs 25 colposcopic examinations and determines the cytologic, colposcopic and histologic correlation under the guidance of an experienced ASCCP-approved mentor. This portion may be conducted in either a private practice or clinic setting.

Tier 3: Successful completion of the Colposcopy Mentorship Program exam – This online exam was developed by ASCCP in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The mentee may take the exam up to 3 times within one year. Read more about this innovative collaboration which yields a "Teaching Tool" for cervical cancer screening by clicking here.

Upon completion of the three tiers, the mentee is awarded a certificate of program completion and may apply, if they choose, to serve as a mentor to others.

While there is no national certification program in colposcopy, the ASCCP strongly recommends the CMP as the minimum acceptable training for a colposcopist.

Want to know more? Click on the CMP booklet and/or CMP FAQs image on the right.
If you have other questions after reviewing the program and forms, contact or (800) 787-7227.


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