ACE UNIVERSITY - Inspection Readiness: What to Expect and How to Prepare

The Advanced Cytopathology Education University (ACE U) is a joint initiative from ASC and the American Society for Clinical pathology (ASCP) through the ASC-ASCP Workgroup designed for cytotechnologists who wish to distinguish themselves in the field and provide evidence of training and experience to share with employers. The program guides participants through specific criteria to demonstrate knowledge and achievement in different advanced topics. The program requires participants to progressively build knowledge through participation in specific educational activities. Please note: Information on this course may not be the most up-to-date. Please verify with accrediting agencies. 

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for pathologists, cytopathologists, cytotechnologists, students and other members of the cytopathology community.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an overview of the regulatory and accreditation requirements applicable to cytology laboratories
  • Share key inspection readiness strategies based on the most frequently cited deficiencies in cytology laboratories
  • Help the participant gain practical resources and tips on maintaining inspection readiness
  • Enhance understanding of the importance of maintaining engagement of all levels of employees in inspection readiness and on-site process
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 California Credits
  • 3.00 CMLE
  • 3.00 Florida Credits
  • 3.00 Participant
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Course expires: 

Barbara A. Crothers, DO
Maria A. Friedlander, MPA, CT(ASCP)CMIAC
Janie Roberson, SCT(ASCP)CM

The faculty, committee members, Executive Board and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to the ASC and to learners any financial relationships that have occurred within the last 24 months with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. The ASC has reviewed the disclosures and mitigated all relevant financial relationships.

The following individuals have reported financial relationships:
Oscar Lin, MD, PhD: Consultant – Hologic and Jansen
Liron Pantanowitz, MD: Consultant – Hamamatsu, Advisory Board for Ibex
Martha B Pitman, MD, FIAC: Consultant – Adenocyte, LLC
Donna K. Russell, Med, CT(ASCP), HT(ASCP): Advisory Board – Hologic Scientific
Christopher J. VandenBussche, MD, PhD: Ad hoc advisory board panel and Consultant – Roche

The following individuals have reported no relevant financial relationships:
Susan A. Alperstein, MS, CT(ASCP), Kristen A. Atkins, MD, Guliz A. Barkan, MD, Christine N. Booth, MD, Barbara A. Centeno, MD, Barbara A. Crothers, DO, Deborah J. Chute, MD, Amy C. Clayton, MD, Jacqueline M. Cuda, BS, SCT(ASCP), Maria A. Friedlander, MPA, CT(ASCP)CMIAC, Kara L. Hansing, MEd, SCT(ASCP)CM, Sara E. Monaco, MD, Janie Roberson, SCT(ASCP)CM Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, MD, PhD, Momin T. Siddiqui, MD, FIAC

The ASC staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.

The presenters have no conflicts of interest or financial relationships to disclose.

Credits and Accreditation

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The American Society of Cytopathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Society of Cytopathology designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE)
The ASC designates this activity for a maximum of 3.0 Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE) credit hours for non-physicians. The CMLE credit hours meet the continuing education requirements for the ASCP Board of Registry Certification Maintenance Program. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cytotechnologists with Licenses in Florida and Caliornia
This program is approved for 3.0 continuing education credits in the State of Florida and 3.0 in the State of California. The credit on each link is good for three years from the live presentation date.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 California Credits
  • 3.00 CMLE
  • 3.00 Florida Credits
  • 3.00 Participant


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