• RRA Board Qualified

RRA Surgery

The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) certification process consists of Part I and Part II examinations.

Part I of the Certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Examination process leads to Board Qualified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

The Part I examination in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery involves diagnostic, intraoperative, and perioperative care of the podiatric surgical patient pertaining to Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery procedures.

Board Qualified in Foot Surgery is a prerequisite to Board Qualified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. Part II of the Certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Examination process leads to Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

Part II of the Certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Examination process leads to Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

The Part II examinations serve to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and skills in obtaining and interpreting clinical information as well as the ability to reason logically and to arrive at a diagnosis or treatment plan for a specific patient presentation.

Board Certified in Foot Surgery is a prerequisite for Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

The current qualifications include:

  • Completion of a four-year doctoral training at a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)-accredited podiatric medical school.

  • ABFAS certification in Foot Surgery.

  • Completion of a CPME-approved PM&S-36 or Podiatric Medicine and Surgery with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Residency
    (PMSR/RRA).

  • Submission of a list of procedures through Podiatry Logging Service for Surgery (PLS) demonstrating a diversity of surgical experience in reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery.

  • Approval by the ABFAS Credentials Committee of complete reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery case documentation of procedures selected by ABFAS from the list of procedures.

  • Passing Part I and Part II of the Certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Examination.

Board Qualified in RRA Surgery

A podiatrist who has passed Part I of the Certification Examination in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery and has demonstrated a level of capability in the diagnosis of general medical problems, including the diagnosis and surgical management of foot and ankle diseases, deformities, and/or trauma, and those structures that affect the foot, ankle, and leg may be declared Board Qualified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

Board Qualified status in Foot Surgery is a prerequisite for Board Qualified status in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. Board Qualified status in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery is valid for seven years.

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of a four-year doctoral training at a CPME-accredited podiatric medical school.
  • Submission of verified residency clinical logs through Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR) documenting the minimum activity volumes and surgical diversity specified for foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery by CPME Document 320.
  • Completion of residency training at a program approved by the CPME. PMSR/RRA CPME-approved podiatric surgical residency.
  • Podiatric Medicine and Surgery-36 CPME-approved residency.
  • Passing Part I of the Certification Examination in Foot Surgery.

Part I Certification Examinations

Attaining ABFAS Board Qualified Status

Notes

All candidates applying for Board Qualified must submit residency logs through Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR).

Candidates completing other residency types prior to June 30, 2014: PM&S-36: If currently Board Qualified, may requalify for additional seven years (but no more than total of 14 years).

PM&S-24: If currently Board Qualified, may requalify, but requalification shall not extend beyond 2020.

PM&S-36: If not Board Qualified, may qualify for seven years (but no more than total of 14 years).

PM&S-24: If not Board Qualified, may qualify, but qualification shall not extend beyond 2020.

Residents receiving training certificates in 2014 and beyond have seven years after achieving Board Qualified status to achieve Board Certified status.

 

Certification in RRA Surgery

Certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery indicates that a podiatrist has demonstrated a cognitive knowledge of podiatric surgery, including the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot and ankle diseases, deformities, and/or trauma, and those structures that affect the foot, ankle, and leg.

Diplomates certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery must recertify every 10 years.

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of a four-year doctoral training program at a CPME-accredited podiatric medical school.
  • ABFAS certification in Foot Surgery
  • Completion of the residency training required for Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery certification at a CPME-approved program.
  • Approval by the ABFAS Credentials Committee of complete reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery case documentation of procedures selected by ABFAS from the list of procedures.
  • Passing Part I and Part II of the Certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Examination.

Part II Certification Examinations

Attaining ABFAS Board Certified Status

Notes

All candidates with ABFAS Board Qualified status must log all procedures in Podiatry Logging Service for Surgery (PLS) from January 1, 2009 or, if after 2009, from July 1 of the year Board Qualified status is attained. The ABFAS will randomly select 10 Foot Surgery cases and/or 10 Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Cases from the PLS log.

Candidates participating in the Case Evaluation process must request a list of cases for aspecific date range performed at a facility where the candidate has surgical privileges. The ABFAS will compare the facility list to the candidate’s PLS case list for audit purposes.

The Board Certification document provides details for preparing and electronically uploading materials for Case Evaluation.

In 2015, ABFAS discontinued oral examinations as part of its certification process. Instead, the ABFAS will conduct a rigorous Case Evaluation process combined with the CBPS examination.

Board Qualified candidates have seven years from the date of board qualification to achieve board certification.

Didactic = Multiple-choice Questions

CBPS = Computer-based Patient Simulation

Reminder

Certificates for Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery are valid for 10 years. Diplomates who have this certification must pass a recertification examination by the end of the 10th year to maintain their certification.