ABFAS Board of Directors Elections Open on April 16th

Balloting to elect three members of the ABFAS Board of Directors opens April 16.

Active, certified members of ABFAS are eligible to vote and will receive an email with a unique link to the election website operated by Intelliscan, Inc., an independent online election firm.

ABFAS will post election results on the website home page. The new board members will begin their three-year term on September 1, 2018.

Candidate biographies and personal statements can be found on our elections page

Registration for Part II CBPS Exams Closes on April 25!  Seats Are Filling Quickly!

The Part II CBPS Exams are May 9, 2018 at Pearson Vue Centers nationwide.  If you have not registered and/or scheduled your exam(s), please do so quickly as finding a convenient testing center and time becomes more difficult as exam day approaches.

To register for your exam, sign in to our website using your ABFAS username and password. If you have forgotten your password, please click here.

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.

If you have any questions, you can email us at or call us at 415.553.7800. We are here to help you Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

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.

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 

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 triā€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.

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. 

Still not finding what you need? Call us at (415) 553-7800.

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Important Dates

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2017-2018 Exam Registration Close Dates

  • 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
  • Sep 06 In-training Exam 2018 Registration Closes
  • Oct 01 Fall 2018 Part I Foot/RRA Exams Didactic & CBPS Registration Closes