What are the status types of ABFAS certification?
Active: An ABFAS Diplomate engaged in the active practice of podiatry, who has fulfilled all certification exam requirements and maintains current, active surgical privileges at a hospital or surgery center. An Active Diplomate has the right to vote on ABFAS matters and elections.
Administrative: A member who is engaged primarily (more than 30 hours per week) in an administrative capacity directly related to the profession of podiatry such as:
(a) academic administration in a podiatric medical school/college.
(b) executive officer or staff of a podiatric medical association or society.
(c) employee of a hospital or health insurance carrier.
(d) consultant to podiatric or related healthcare organizations.
Members must request administrative status on an annual basis in writing. Letters should include:
(a) the reason for the request including how the member meets the qualifying conditions.
(b) a letter from the organization/institution confirming the member's administrative capacity.
Members holding administrative status shall:
(a) continue to pay annual fees
(b) retain the right to vote in ABFAS matters and/or elections
(c) must successfully complete recertification or self-assessment requirements (with the exception of holding hospital surgical privileges)
ABFAS will report the members’ status administrative for verification purposes.
Members holding administrative status may request to return to active status. The request must be in writing. ABFAS will provide a six-month grace period during which time the member must demonstrate current, active, surgical practice by submitting proof of privileges from a hospital or surgery center. If the member has not provided the documentation within the six months, their status shall revert to inactive.
Extension: A board qualified podiatric surgeon who has received an extension for the time period she/he can be qualified, or a Diplomate who has been given additional time to recertify. Those who are board qualified and who because of extenuating circumstances are unable to complete their certification before the seven (7) year limit may petition the Board of Directors in writing for a one-year extension. Members who because of extenuating circumstances are unable to take their recertification exam before the ten (10) year limit may petition the Board of Directors in writing for a one-year extension.
Inactive: A member who is not engaged in the active practice of foot and ankle surgery or does not hold surgical hospital privileges.
Members may request inactive status by submitting a written request to the ABFAS office. Letters should include the reason for the request including how the member meets the qualifying conditions. If the member is requesting inactive status because of a medical condition, they must also submit a physician’s letter in support. ABFAS grants inactive status on an annual basis.
ABFAS may grant a member inactive status for a maximum of five (5) cumulative years. More than five (5) years of inactive status shall be considered a de facto resignation resulting in the member’s revocation. The member will need to pursue becoming reinstated as a member.
While inactive, a member:
(a) does not pay annual fees.
(b) may not vote in ABFAS matters and/or elections.
(c) must successfully complete recertification or self-assessment requirements.
ABFAS will report the member’s status as inactive for verification purposes.
Incomplete: A board qualified podiatric surgeon who has taken and passed the Part I examinations but has not submitted necessary documentation to become fully qualified.
Non-Compliant: A board qualified podiatric surgeon who has taken the necessary exams but has not submitted all the required documentation to be declared board-qualified. A board-certified podiatric surgeon holding ABFAS certified status who is not current on ABFAS Maintenance of Certification requirements.
None: A podiatric surgeon who has not achieved ABFAS board status.
Resigned: An ABFAS member who has voluntarily given up certification.
Retired: An ABFAS member who has completely retired and does not actively practice foot and ankle surgery. Membersme may request retired status by submitting a written request to the ABFAS office. A retired member may return to active status by following the policy for reinstatement; a retired member who seeks reinstatement does not need to pay past annual fees.
Revoked: An ABFAS member’s status may be revoked for administrative or legal reasons.
Administrative: Unrelated to any professional review action (e.g., non-payment of annual fee or special assessment; failure to complete any maintenance of certification requirements).
Legal: Upon professional review related to any of the following possibilities: misrepresents certification status or provides false information to ABFAS; has cheated on any ABFAS exam; violates the Code of Ethics of the APMA; conviction of either a felony related to the delivery of a healthcare item or service; or any offense which causes his/her license revocation.
ABFAS will automatically revoke a member’s or board qualified member’s status upon notification of a felony conviction or loss of license. It will suspend the status upon learning of a license suspension and will notify the member/candidate of the suspension. Those with suspended licenses can apply to the Board of Directors to reinstate their status upon removal of the license suspension.
Suspended: When an ABFAS Board Qualified or Board Certified podiatric surgeon’s license has expired, ABFAS will change the physician’s status to “suspended”, and will notify the physician that until ABFAS has proof of license, they will stay in that status.