The Fall 2017 Newsletter is Now Available Online
You can now read the latest news from ABFAS, including important changes to exam requirements, upcoming conferences, and resources for exam success.
Read the newsletter here.
Registration is now open for 2018 Exams
You can now register for the following exams:
Recertification Foot, Recertification RRA, and Self-Assessment Exams
Spring Part I Foot and RRA Didactic and CBPS Exams
Spring Part II Foot and RRA CBPS Exams
You will find information about registration closing dates and examination days on our Exams page.
You can now register, pay for, and schedule your exam.
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You MUST click the Select Exam button at the bottom of the address confirmation screen. If you do not do this, you will NOT be registered for an exam.
Once you've registered, you will then be able to schedule your exam with Pearson VUE by clicking on Schedule Your Exam. Please schedule your exam immediately after registering, because seats at the test centers fill quickly. If you do not schedule immediately, Pearson VUE will automatically assign you a location and time.
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New Exam Documents
ABFAS has redesigned its examination documents. Replacing the 110, 220, and 500, we now have:
Board Qualification– Describes the board qualification requirements and the Part I examinations descriptions and content details.
Board Certification – Describes requirements for those who are already board qualified and are pursuing certification. Included in the document are samples of the documentation required in the case review process, and guidance regarding correct procedure logging.
For those who are recertifying or taking the self-assessment examination, ABFAS provides separate documentation:
ABFAS 111-2018 Maintenance of Certification (SAE) for Diplomates with Lifetime Certificates
ABFAS 112-2018 Maintenance of Certification Program for Time-Limited Certificates
Texas Podiatry Hurricane Relief Fund Launches
The Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) has set-up a “Podiatry Hurricane Relief Fund”. This fund is specific to the profession of podiatry, with all donations going to podiatrists, their families and their staff who are affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The TPMA, which has over 200 members in the affected area, was moved to create the fund after hearing the accounts of podiatrists who suffered tremendous damage to their homes and offices. It may take them years to rebuild and FEMA has stated that it may take up to five years for the region to fully recover.
The organization has set-up a community blog to help members connect and share resources (such as donating/sharing office space and supplies).
Looking for Ways to Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey?
The information below is from the APMA website:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow licensed health-care providers employed by a hospital and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to assist with disaster response operations. This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Hospitals must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider's name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number.
TDLR licenses the following health-care providers:
• Athletic trainers
• Dyslexia therapists and practitioners
• Hearing instrument fitters and dispensers
• Orthotists and prosthetists
• Podiatrists (effective September 1, 2017)
• Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
If you have questions or need assistance, call TDLR at 800-803-9202 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov
ABFAS Board Elects New Officers
At its July meeting, the Board of Directors elected the new officers who will start their terms on September 1, 2017. Matthew Williams, DPM steps into his President role; Danny Choung, DPM is the new President-elect; Keith Jacobson, DPM will be Secretary/Treasurer; and Mindy Benton, DPM, transitions to Immediate Past-president.
Christopher Lotufo, DPM, will be ending his term as Immediate-Past President on September 1, 2017. ABFAS would like to thank Dr. Lotufo for his work with the Board. We appreciate his diligence and dedication during his terms as President (2015-2016) and Immediate-Past President (2016-2017) and board member (2011-2017).
A Step Forward for the VA Provider Equity Act
The VA Provider Equity Act, HR 1058, took another step forward as it passed the Full House Committee on July 24th. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is working to find a sponsor to push the bill through the Senate.
The VA Provider Equity Act would result in the Veterans Health Administration System recognizing Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) as physicians and make podiatrists equal to their physician peers in terms of pay and eligibility for promotion and leadership positions.
Congressman Brad Wenstrup, who is ABFAS board-certified and serves as the Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, is the bill’s primary sponsor. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) are supporting the bill.
The VA’s current qualifications for podiatrists have not been updated since 1976 and have led to a disparity in recognition and pay when compared to the podiatrists who practice outside of the VA system. This disparity has resulted in difficulty recruiting and retaining podiatrists and a resulted in a lack of podiatric access for veterans who need care.
ABFAS is pleased about this successful move forward for VA podiatrists and the veterans who could benefit from increased access to foot and ankle care.
Watch Congressman Brad Wenstrup present the bill to the House.
ABFAS Changes Certification Deadlines
ABFAS is pleased to announce a change to our board certification deadlines. The change is a result of a recent agreement we made with the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM).
In 2013, due to changes with how CMS reimbursed residency programs, the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB) asked the two certifying boards to change their policies regarding access to board certification for graduates of residency programs with less than three years of training. Both certifying boards implemented a 2018 board certification deadline for those graduates. Because of this recent agreement, ABFAS has extended the deadline to 2020.
How does this affect you?
Candidates without ABFAS Board Qualified status have until December 31, 2018 to complete the ABFAS board qualification and 2020 to complete certification. If your qualification has expired, you may apply for requalification; however, any requalification may not extend beyond December 31, 2020. Please refer to this timeline for details.
Candidates with Board Qualified status may pursue board certification until December 31, 2020. Please refer to this timeline for details.
Brochure Helps Patients Understand Value of Board Certification
ABFAS offers a tri‐fold brochure to help patients understand the extensive training involved in board certification. The brochure fits in standard literature displays.
Download our patient brochure order form.
ABFAS Diplomates Elect New Members to Board of Directors
Congratulations and welcome to the three new members of the ABFAS Board of Directors; D. Martin Chaney (incumbent), Jeffrey Giesking, and John Thomas Marcoux.
Three director positions were open for the 2017 election. Dr. Chaney was re-elected to a second three-year term, while Drs. Giesking and Marcoux were elected to new three-year terms. The terms become effective September 1, 2017 and end on August 31, 2020. Drs. Giesking and Marcoux will then be eligible to be nominated for re-election.
We also want to thank all ABFAS members who took the time to vote. Of the 6,976 Diplomates eligible to vote, 1,607 responded, indicating a return of 23.04%, a rate similar to that of previous elections.
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.
ABFAS Board Qualified status have until December 31, 2018
to complete the ABFAS board qualification and 2020
to complete certification. Please refer to this timeline
If your qualification has expired, you may apply for requalification; however, any requalification may not extend beyond December 31, 2020
. Document 110
provides additional details about the process.
Board Qualified status may pursue board certification until December 31, 2020
. Please refer to this timeline
Video: Tips for Success on the CBPS Exam
Dr. John Venson has created a short video
to answer frequently asked questions about how to successfully navigate the CBPS exam. Note: You must log-in to view the video.
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.