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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. 

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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.

Candidates without 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 for details.

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.

Candidates with Board Qualified status may pursue board certification until December 31, 2020. Please refer to this timeline for details. 

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. 




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Important Dates

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2017-2018 Exam Registration Close Dates

  • Aug 28 Fall 2017 In-training Exam Registration Closes
  • Oct 03 Fall 2017 Part I Foot/RRA Exams Didactic & CBPS Registration Closes
  • Dec 08 Spring 2018 Case Review Registration Closes
  • Jan 18 Spring 2018 Foot Recert, RRA Recert, SAE Registration Closes
  • Feb 26 Spring 2018 Part I Foot/RRA Exams Didactic & CBPS Registration Closes
  • Apr 25 Spring 2018 Part II Foot/RRA CBPS Registration Closes