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CTBS Question Writing Contest

Closed for Submissions

Thank you to all who submitted questions. The contest is closed.

The AATB CTBS exam is held annually at various locations throughout the United States and around the globe. The exam question database includes several hundred questions which are routinely evaluated, rewritten and exchanged in examinations from year to year.

AATB's goal is to host the CTBS exam in an online platform multiple times per year through testing centers. This format will require more exam questions in order to enable the appropriate randomization and question exchange from administration to administration.

The CTBS Exam Question Writing Contest is therefore being introduced in order to increase the number of available questions in the exam database to assist AATB in moving to an electronic exam system.

Contest Rules

Training Webinar

Individuals may only submit questions after completing the training webinar.

Register to attend the live training tutorial on July 16th at 2:00 PM EST, or to receive the recorded session via email.


Submission Site

All those who attend the live webinar will receive a link and password for the question submission platform via email when the contest opens on August 1st. If you are unable to attend the live session, please sign up and the recording will automatically be sent to you after the live session. Those who view the recorded training tutorial after the contest opens will automatically be sent an email with the link and password to begin submitting your questions.


Only questions accepted to the database by the American Board of Tissue Banking will be counted in the evaluation of this contest.

Minimum Criteria

Individuals must submit at least 15 questions to be eligible to participate in the contest. Duplicate submissions will not be considered.


Questions must be based off of the 14th edition AATB Standards for Tissue Banking, current FDA Regulations, FDA current good tissue practices, relevant anatomy & physiology sources or current AORN standards.

Questions containing photographs may only be submitted if authorized for educational purposes.

Who can submit exam questions?

Any active individual member, AATB certified individual (CTBS or CRCS), Affiliate Member, Emeritus Member, Accredited Institutional Member or employee of an accredited establishment. Each contestant is required to view the question writing training presentation provided by the AATB.

Individuals involved in the review, evaluation and approval or denial of submissions may not participate in this contest. (The AATB ABTB Committee and Sub-committee members).


Contest winners will be determined based on the number of accepted questions submitted per individual. Winners will be notified by AATB and will receive a code to attain their free registration.

1st Place

  • Complementary 2019 Annual Meeting Registration
  • Three complementary hotel nights at the 2019 AATB Annual Meeting
  • Complementary AATB webinar registration
  • $200 Amazon gift card

2nd Place

  • Complementary 2019 Annual Meeting Registration
  • One complementary hotel night at the 2019 AATB Annual Meeting
  • $150 Amazon gift card

3rd Place

  • Complementary 2019 Annual Meeting Registration
  • $100 Amazon gift card

Time Frames

  • The live exam question training program will be held on Monday, July 16th and the recording of this session will be publicly available immediately after the live program.
  • The contest will open on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018.
  • Submitted questions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and authors will be informed of the review outcomes by AATB on a quarterly basis.
  • Contest winners will be notified personally on April 10th, 2019 via email.
  • Contest winners will be recognized on April 15th, 2019 in the opening comments of the 2019 AATB Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in an industry-wide email the following day.
  • The 2019 AATB Annual Meeting will be held September 24th - 27th, 2019 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Canada.