Clinical Chemistry Exam
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The ABCC exam is held in conjunction with AACC's Annual Meeting.
The examination in clinical chemistry is comprised of two parts:
- Part A, biochemical calculations
- Part B, analytical and clinical issues
Exam domains The examination tests mastery and knowledge of
- Patient preparation, specimen collection and handling
Effects of patient variables on test results, specimen collection and safety in handling
Chemistry, selection of the method of analysis, method validation, analysis techniques, quality control evaluation, and laboratory safety.
Biochemistry and physiological chemistry, physiology and pathophysiology, clinical significance and usefulness.
- Laboratory management
Resource allocation and management, personnel management, computer needs and utilization, quality assurance, and project and process management.
The examination tests the candidate's skills in
All questions are in multiple-choice format.
EXAM DESCRIPTION AND SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Part A (3 hours)
The examinee is expected to perform calculations related to:
- General biochemistry, such as buffer/solution preparations, enzyme kinetics, electrophoresis.
- Clinical chemistry calculations, such as amylase clearance
- Basic statistics as applied to clinical chemistry
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Part B (3.5 hours)
The examination questions encompass:
- 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
- Quality control and accounting principles
- Laboratory safety procedures
- Sample handling and preparation
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