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ABFAS Diplomates Elect New Members to Board of Directors

Congratulations and welcome to the three new members of the ABFAS Board of Directors; D. Martin Chaney (incumbent), Jeffrey Giesking, and John Thomas Marcoux.

Three director positions were open for the 2017 election. Dr. Chaney was re-elected to a second three-year term, while Drs. Giesking and Marcoux were elected to new three-year terms. The terms become effective September 1, 2017 and end on August 31, 2020. Drs. Giesking and Marcoux will then be eligible to be nominated for re-election.

We also want to thank all ABFAS members who took the time to vote. Of the 6,976 Diplomates eligible to vote, 1,607 responded, indicating a return of 23.04%, a rate similar to that of previous elections.

Dr. John Evans Honored with APMA’s Award of Excellence

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) awarded former ABFAS board member Dr. John Evans with the Award of Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding service to the APMA and impressive national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.  

Dr. Evans’ commitment to the field of podiatry is exceptional. He has worked tirelessly at the national level to promote the field of podiatry and its standards of excellence. 

Dr. Evans has been active in ABFAS since 1994. He has served on various committees including roles as an Oral Examiner, Case Credentials Reviewer, and a developer of the Computer Based Patient Simulation (CBPS) exam. He has also been a member of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee, the group charged with the development of ABFAS’ MOC program.

His leadership roles include being a member of the Board of Directors and chairing the Communications Committee. In addition, he has represented ABFAS as a Residency Program Evaluator. Dr. Evans’ professionalism, passion for the profession, and medical expertise has been instrumental in the advancement of the field and ABFAS’ work.

We are grateful for Dr. Evans’ hard work and tremendously pleased that the APMA has honored his dedication to the field of podiatry. 

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. 

The Fall 2016 Issue of the ABFAS Newsletter is Now Available Online.


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Case Review Timeline
   November 2, 2016   Registration opens
   December 9, 2016   Registration closes
   December 13, 2016  ABFAS sends candidates instructions for Hospital Audit
   January 6, 2017        Deadline for Facility Surgical Procedure List Attestation
   January 20, 2017      ABFAS notifies candidates that procedure list is available on PLS
   March 10, 2017         Deadline for uploading case documentation


ABFAS has Responded to Criticism

From the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons on the qualifications of ABFAS certified foot and ankle surgeons relative to Senate bill 175. The bill provides for podiatrist recognition within the VA system.

You can read the letter here.

The Spring 2016 Issue of the ABFAS Newsletter is Now Available Online. Read it here.

Changes to Case Review Requirements for 2017

More details here

Important ABFAS deadlines

Important deadlines are in effect for candidates who completed a CPME-approved residency of less than three years, but are not yet ABFAS certified. As there are a number of steps candidates will need to take in order to complete the process by then, we want to make sure that you are aware of them.

Candidates without Board Qualified status have only until December 31,  2018 to complete the ABFAS board qualification and certification processes. Please see the accompanying timeline for important exam and case review application dates. Document 110 provides additional details about the process.

Candidates with Board Qualified status may pursue board certification until expiration of their Board Qualified status. Candidates may apply for requalification; however, any requalification may not extend beyond December 31,2018. See Document 110 for details. Please see the accompanying timeline for important exam and case review application dates.

Need to practice taking the CBPS exam so you know how it works?

Click here.

You will need to use IE for it to work properly. You will also find a pdf with more detailed instructions here.

News About the Case Review Process

If you plan to sit for the upcoming case review process, please make note of some changes.

You’ll find more details in Document 220.

New: Open management of fractures must include some type of internal or external fixation.

Change: Candidates currently certified in Foot surgery seeking only RRA certification are only required to log all RRA procedures performed January 1, 2009 or later (or when candidate first achieved Board Qualified status subsequent to January 1, 2009). (Previously, candidates had to continue logging foot procedures in addition to RRA).

Clarification: The candidate must be listed as the surgeon of record in the intraoperative anesthesia record (no co-surgeon).

Change: The ABFAS randomly selects up to 13 procedures from those logged in PLS. (changed from 10)

New: Policy for Potential Misrepresentation: Any incomplete, questionable, modified or falsified case materials submitted may be evaluated further by the ABFAS. The ABFAS may require that the candidate assist in the verification of submitted documents. The ABFAS reserves the right to pursue further investigation including, but not limited to, sending an ABFAS appointed representative to further review documentation. Failure to comply with the process and/or discovery of falsified records will result in disqualification of the candidate and such other action as ABFAS deems appropriate including revocation of Board Qualified status, disqualification for certification and forfeiture of fees paid.

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Important Dates

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2017 Exam Registration Close Dates

  • Feb 24 Part I Foot Surgery (Spring) - Didactic Only Registration Closes
  • Feb 24 Part I RRA Surgery (Spring) - Didactic Only Registration Closes
  • Feb 24 Part I Foot Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes
  • Feb 24 Part I RRA Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes
  • May 04 Part II Foot Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes
  • May 04 Part II RRA Surgery (Spring) - CBPS Only Registration Closes