Announcements

Voting Guide for Bylaws Revisions

The ABFAS Board of Directors has proposed revisions to our bylaws to better reflect how ABFAS operates and increase transparency and accountability for ABFAS diplomates. Electronic voting to approve the revisions to the ABFAS bylaws begins on January 30, 2017 and ends on February 17, 2017.

ABFAS has created a guide to help diplomates navigate the proposed revisions. The newsletter, which was sent to ABFAS diplomates last week, summarizes the proposed changes and gives a detailed side-by-side comparison of the existing bylaws and proposed changes.

Read our guide to prepare to cast your votes.


The Steps to Certification

ABFAS President Dr. Mindy Benton gives an overview of the certification process and answers commonly asked questions. Watch the certification overview video below. 




The Fall 2016 Issue of the ABFAS Newsletter is Now Available Online.

 

Read the newsletter




2017 Examination Registration opens on November 2, 2016

  

Recertification, Foot and RRA, and Self-assessment

Case Review, Foot and RRA

Spring Part I Foot and RRA, Didactic and CBPS

Spring Part II Foot and RRA, CBPS


Case Review Timeline
   November 2, 2016   Registration opens
   December 9, 2016   Registration closes
   December 13, 2016  ABFAS sends candidates instructions for Hospital Audit
   January 6, 2017        Deadline for Facility Surgical Procedure List Attestation
   January 20, 2017      ABFAS notifies candidates that procedure list is available on PLS
   March 10, 2017         Deadline for uploading case documentation



Board Elects New Officers

Congratulations to the new ABFAS officers.  At its July meeting, the Board of Directors elected Matthew Williams, DPM, President-Elect; and Danny Choung, DPM, Secretary/Treasurer. They will assume their offices effective September 1, 2016. Mindy Benton, DPM, will assume the role of President, and Christopher Lotufo, DPM, will become Immediate Past-president also on this date.


ABFAS Diplomates elect Adams, Choung, and Paradoa to Board of Directors

Congratulations and welcome to the three new members of the ABFAS Board of Directors, William R. Adams, DPM; Danny Choung, DPM; and Amberly C. Paradoa, DPM.

Three director positions were open for the 2016 election. Dr. Choung was re-elected to a second three-year term, while Drs. Adams and Paradoa were elected to a new three-year term. The terms become effective September 1, 2016 and end on August 31, 2019. Drs. Adams and Paradoa will then be eligible to be nominated for re-election.

Many thanks to Dr. Roya Mirmiran for her dedication and hard work as a board member for the past three years.

We also want to thank all ABFAS members who took the time to vote. Of the 7,130 diplomates eligible to vote, 1,834 responded, indicating a return of 25.73%.


ABFAS has Responded to Criticism

From the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons on the qualifications of ABFAS certified foot and ankle surgeons relative to Senate bill 175. The bill provides for podiatrist recognition within the VA system.

You can read the letter here.


The Spring 2016 Issue of the ABFAS Newsletter is Now Available Online. Read it here.


Changes to Case Review Requirements for 2017

More details here


Important ABFAS deadlines

Important deadlines are in effect for candidates who completed a CPME-approved residency of less than three years, but are not yet ABFAS certified. As there are a number of steps candidates will need to take in order to complete the process by then, we want to make sure that you are aware of them.

Candidates without Board Qualified status have only until December 31,  2018 to complete the ABFAS board qualification and certification processes. Please see the accompanying timeline for important exam and case review application dates. Document 110 provides additional details about the process.

Candidates with Board Qualified status may pursue board certification until expiration of their Board Qualified status. Candidates may apply for requalification; however, any requalification may not extend beyond December 31,2018. See Document 110 for details. Please see the accompanying timeline for important exam and case review application dates.


Planning to sit for the 2016 Exams?

Please look at the new exam policy documents, which you will find under the Resources section of the site.


Need to practice taking the CBPS exam so you know how it works?

Click here.

You will need to use IE for it to work properly. You will also find a pdf with more detailed instructions here.


News About the Case Review Process

If you plan to sit for the upcoming case review process, please make note of some changes.

You’ll find more details in Document 220.


New: Open management of fractures must include some type of internal or external fixation.

Change: Candidates currently certified in Foot surgery seeking only RRA certification are only required to log all RRA procedures performed January 1, 2009 or later (or when candidate first achieved Board Qualified status subsequent to January 1, 2009). (Previously, candidates had to continue logging foot procedures in addition to RRA).

Clarification: The candidate must be listed as the surgeon of record in the intraoperative anesthesia record (no co-surgeon).

Change: The ABFAS randomly selects up to 13 procedures from those logged in PLS. (changed from 10)

New: Policy for Potential Misrepresentation: Any incomplete, questionable, modified or falsified case materials submitted may be evaluated further by the ABFAS. The ABFAS may require that the candidate assist in the verification of submitted documents. The ABFAS reserves the right to pursue further investigation including, but not limited to, sending an ABFAS appointed representative to further review documentation. Failure to comply with the process and/or discovery of falsified records will result in disqualification of the candidate and such other action as ABFAS deems appropriate including revocation of Board Qualified status, disqualification for certification and forfeiture of fees paid.

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Important Dates

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2017 Exam Registration Close Dates

  • Feb 24 Part I Foot Surgery (Spring) - Didactic Only Registration Closes
  • Feb 24 Part I RRA Surgery (Spring) - Didactic Only Registration Closes
  • Feb 24 Part I Foot Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes
  • Feb 24 Part I RRA Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes
  • May 04 Part II Foot Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes
  • May 24 Part II RRA Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes