Dr. John Evans Honored with APMA’s Award of Excellence
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) awarded former ABFAS board member Dr. John Evans with the Award of Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding service to the APMA and impressive national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.
Dr. Evans’ commitment to the field of podiatry is exceptional. He has worked tirelessly at the national level to promote the field of podiatry and its standards of excellence.
Dr. Evans has been active in ABFAS since 1994. He has served on various committees including roles as an Oral Examiner, Case Credentials Reviewer, and a developer of the Computer Based Patient Simulation (CBPS) exam. He has also been a member of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee, the group charged with the development of ABFAS’ MOC program.
His leadership roles include being a member of the Board of Directors and chairing the Communications Committee. In addition, he has represented ABFAS as a Residency Program Evaluator. Dr. Evans’ professionalism, passion for the profession, and medical expertise has been instrumental in the advancement of the field and ABFAS’ work.
We are grateful for Dr. Evans’ hard work and tremendously pleased that the APMA has honored his dedication to the field of podiatry.
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.
Need to practice taking the CBPS exam so you know how it works?
You will need to use IE for it to work properly. You will also find a pdf with more detailed instructions here.
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.
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.