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Comprehensive Colposcopy Curriculum

INTRODUCTION

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) is a national multi- disciplinary organization that represents health professionals interested in lower anogenital tract disorders who are licensed physicians, advanced practice clinicians or others who have attained or completed a college degree or an advanced health related degree from an accredited institution. The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The mission of ASCCP is to improve clinician competence and performance and patient outcomes through educational activities focused around the study, prevention, diagnosis, and management of lower genital tract disorders. To accomplish this mission, ASCCP provides traditional live meetings comprised of lectures to large audiences, hands-on workshops, and interactive case-based seminars; a biennial meeting that incorporates debates, panel discussions, small-group seminars, case-based audience participation sessions, and lectures; self-directed Internet CME activities, mobile applications, and online educational initiatives.

The colposcopy curriculum includes necessary and basic principles considered the foundation of knowledge required to evaluate, diagnose, manage and treat lower genital tract disorders in women. The first tier of ASCCP's three-tiered comprehensive colposcopy training program is the didactic comprehensive colposcopy course. Although the curriculum below is the basis for comprehensive colposcopy training, some educational elements noted may not be covered in detail in any specific comprehensive colposcopy course. The “mentorship,” a hands-on period of supervised colposcopy training, is the second tier of the program; and a comprehensive examination is the third and final tier of the program.

The ASCCP recommends this curriculum as a basis for all complete comprehensive colposcopy training purposes including continuing medical education, graduate medical education, and resident training programs. The ASCCP strongly recommends that the minimum acceptable training requirements for a colposcopist include completion of a didactic course, a mentorship program, and an examination to document colposcopic proficiency.


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