Maintenance of Certification/Self-assessment
ABFAS assesses members’ surgical abilities every 10 years using a written examination. In addition, members must also demonstrate current active surgical practice by submitting proof of active surgical privileges from a hospital or surgery center.
To give members adequate opportunity to recertify before their certification expires, members have a three-year window in which to pass the examination. They can take it in the eighth, ninth, or tenth year following their initial certifications, and similarly, every 10 years after that.
Members who became certified prior to 1991 take a self-assessment examination rather than a recertification examination, and are still required to show proof of active surgical privileges.
If you apply for recertification in 2017 and thereafter, these will be the requirements:
- Maintain a valid, unrestricted podiatric license in the United States or Canada.
- Maintain active surgical privileges at either an accredited hospital or surgical center.
- Obtain 200 continuing education credits (Category 1 or CPME-approved) per 10-year-cycle.
- Take a secure examination consisting of the fundamental diagnostic skills, medical knowledge and clinical judgment to provide quality care every ten-year certification cycle.
Read the MOC program documents here:
ABFAS 111-2019 Maintenance of Certification (SAE) for Diplomates with Lifetime Certificates
ABFAS 112-2019 Maintenance of Certification Program for Time-Limited Certificates