Gynecologic Oncology Case Lists
Preparation of Case Lists
Your case list must include all hospitalizations for patients with invasive and borderline gynecologic malignancies for which you had primary responsibility. Patients with non-invasive diagnoses, including those who had surgical procedures to "rule out" a malignancy are not listed individually. Review the following and use it as your guide to prepare your case list correctly.
- Submit the case list electronically by the published deadline.
- Use the electronic forms that can be found on your ABOG Personal Page. The use of any other form or format is not allowed. A paper case list is not acceptable.
- For the 2020 Certifying Exam, collect cases between January 1 and December 31, 2019. If enough cases cannot be collected in a 1-year period of time, the collection of cases can be extended to 18 months or 2 years. However, it may not include cases collected during fellowship.
- Not include any case previously used on a prior case list for a specialty or subspecialty Certifying Examination.
- Have the case list certified by the appropriate personnel of the institution(s) in which the care was given.
- De-identify the case list in accordance with the requirements of Section 164.514(a)(b) and (b)(2)(i)&(ii) of the Final Privacy Rule. See this tab titled: Case List De-Identification.
- Use standard English language nomenclature. See this tab titled: Acceptable Abbreviations.
- List the patient only once. If the patient is admitted more than once, you should provide information regarding the additional admissions in the appropriate boxes. (If a patient has several admissions, or is seen in the outpatient setting and subsequently becomes a surgical patient, that patient may only be listed on the surgical case list.)
The listed patients must be only those for whom you have had personal responsibility for the management and care during the indicated period of hospitalization.
- The lists may not include those women seen only in consultation or for administrative reasons only.
- For example, if the patient had surgery or a radium application, you must have performed a major part of the procedure in order for the patient to be included in the case list.
A preoperative diagnosis should be recorded for each surgical procedure.
- For patients having several hospital admissions during the time period of the report, the patient should be listed only once with each hospitalization listed in chronological sequence.
- For non-surgical conditions, the admission diagnosis should be recorded.
- In cases without tissue for histological diagnosis, the final clinical diagnosis should be listed.
The case lists must have sufficient numbers as well sufficient breadth and depth of clinical difficulty to demonstrate that you are practicing the full spectrum of gynecologic oncology.
- A minimum of 50 patients with invasive or borderline cancer must be listed.
- The lists must include patients having radical surgical procedures, insertions of radioactive isotopes, and chemotherapy.
- For patients with cancer, both grade and stage must be listed.
All submitted case lists are subject to audit by ABOG to ensure completeness and accuracy.
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