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.
Registration is now open for 2018 Exams
You can now register for the following exams:
Recertification Foot, Recertification RRA, and Self-Assessment Exams
Spring Part I Foot and RRA Didactic and CBPS Exams
Spring Part II Foot and RRA CBPS Exams
You will find information about registration closing dates and examination days on our Exams page.
You can now register, pay for, and schedule your exam.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415.553.7800. We are here to help you Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
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 tri‐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.