International Board of Cytopathology Examination
The examination consists of a written, a visual and a practical (microscopic slide) test. The examination questions are exclusively multiple choice. There are approximately 80 written questions, 80 projected image questions and 30 microscopic slides. The examination lasts approximatley six hours. The test is comprehensive and covers all body sites including fine needle aspirations.
A microscope is provided for the examination.
Major emphasis lies on personal experience. Practice in cytopathology of all body sites on a regular basis should serve as sufficient preparation for the exam.
Any of the major current text books on cytology (Bibbo and Wilbur, 3rd ed. 2007; Koss and Melamed, 5th ed. 2005; Meisels and Morin 2nd ed. 2007, Cibas and Ducatman, 3rd ed. 2008, DeMay and others) may be used as reference texts.
A valuable source of information are online educational sites such as the IAC Educational Resources page. Please note that these cases are excellent to sharpen your visual recognition capacity but are not representative of the examination as many present rare entities.
The examination for the International Board of Cytopathology is given approximately six to eight times each year worldwide.
The completed application form with 2 signed, passport sized photographs and other documentation should be mailed to:
The International Academy of Cytology
Office of the Secretary-Treasurer
Only applicants who have been members of the IAC (MIAC) for at least two years may take the examination of the International Board of Cytopathology.