The written examination consists of two three-hour essay papers. Paper 1 comprises questions on basic principles and general aspects of dermatopathology. Paper 2 concentrates on more specific aspects of dermatopathology.
On the afternoon of the first day, there is a three-hour microscopy session, comprising 20 histopathology sections to cover dermatopathology and other relevant aspects of histopathology that may become manifest within the skin.
On the morning of the second day, a two-hour microscopy session comprises six complex cases that test clinical knowledge and relevant specialised techniques in histopathology. The clinical component may include colour prints or patient examination. Particular emphasis will be placed in this part of the examination on clinicopathological correlation.
The oral examination is undertaken during the afternoon of the second day and is for 30 minutes covering four topics.