The ABCC exam is held in conjunction with AACC's Annual Meeting.
The examination in clinical chemistry is comprised of two parts:
- Part A, Calculations and problem solving
- Part B, Analytical and clinical issues
Exam domains The examination tests mastery and knowledge of
- Clinical chemistry interpretation and problem solving
- Clinical case approach
- Analytical, instrumentation, methodology
- Statistical analysis, QA, mathematics
- Molecular/genetics (not applicable to part A)
The examination tests the candidate's skills in
All questions are in multiple-choice format with one best/correct answer. All choices are A-E.
EXAM DESCRIPTION AND SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Part A (3 hours)
The examinee is expected to perform calculations and problem solving related to:
- General biochemistry, such as enzyme kinetics, solution preparations, electrophoresis.
- Case based approach to problem solving in clinical chemistry related to disease processes.
- Statistics and quality control/assurance related to disease, testing, and the clinical lab.
- Regulatory and management calculations related to clinical lab operations.
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Part B (3.5 hours)
The examinee is expected to answer questions related to:
- Principles, characteristics and limitations of instrumentation and technologies used in a clinical chemistry laboratory, such as spectrophotometry and chromatography
- Interpretation of clinical findings and laboratory data, including basic TDM and toxicology
- Basic pathophysiology related to clinical chemistry analytes and corresponding disease processes.
- Quality control, quality assurance,principles of lab statistics, and process evaluations
- Sample handling, preparation, interferences, and pre-analytical variation
- Guidelines and regulations in clinical lab management.
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