ABFAS Update on COVID-19

As the nation continues to watch the COVID-19 situation unfold, the preventative measures only bring uncertainty to our society.  In response to these measures, many of us will have to adjust our daily lives and normal practices for the safety of ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. ABFAS will be doing the same, while we closely monitor the COVID-19 advisories from the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities.

 
Our Office


Our offices are operating remotely.  We expect to conduct business as usual and will continue to respond to phone calls and emails from our remote locations.


Our Examinations


Part II CBPS Examinations 

ABFAS has rescheduled the May 13, 2020, Part II CBPS examination due to the COVID-19 health emergency. The new date is Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

 

Candidates will remain registered for the examination and ABFAS has rescheduled each candidate's appointment(s) to the September 22 examination date. Candidates can review their new appointments for the September 22 examination by logging into their ABFAS personal profile and clicking the "Step 2: Schedule/View Examination with Pearson VUE" button. You will see your exam in the Pearson VUE dashboard under Upcoming Appointments for Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 

Sign-in with your ABFAS user name and password using the "Login" button at the top of the webpage. If you need password assistance, you will find it on the "Login" page.

Please note, at this time, only the Pearson VUE site will show the correct exam scheduling information. Please do not refer to the scheduling information on your ABFAS profile page information as it is incorrect.

Part II Case Review


In the context of this pandemic, ABFAS has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Case Review examination. It will now take place on August 13-15, 2020.  Candidates should expect their results by October 1, 2020.

 

ABFAS has also extended the deadline for Case Review candidate submission of complete electronic case documentation from March 20 to April 30, 2020. You must now submit your complete electronic case documentation by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on April 30, 2020.

 

How will postponed Case Review impact you?  If your board qualification expires on August 31, 2020, and you meet the Case Review Surgeon of Record criteria, we will automatically extend your status until December 31, 2020.  You will not need to petition the board for an extension.

 

ABFAS is prepared to work with you and can provide documentation for your employer about the delay in the Case Review process and certification timeline. If you have any questions or are in need of official documentation that our certification process has been delayed, please contact us at info@abfas.org.

 

Pearson VUE’s Test Centers

 

Pearson VUE’s commitment to the health and safety of candidates and their employees is shared in their Coronavirus Update page.  Please continue to check this page for any changes in scheduling or policies in specific regions.  There is also additional information to help candidates with scheduling, rescheduling, and canceling exams during this time.


If you have any questions about exam scheduling, rescheduling or canceling, please refer to the Pearson VUE’s Coronavirus Update page  You can also contact them directly at 800.511.6951 or click here for online assistance Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Central Time.


Partnerships

 

ABFAS joined with other podiatric associations in sending a letter of support urging the country’s governors to temporarily relax scope-of-practice standards for doctors of podiatric medicine immediately, allowing podiatrists to help on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The American Podiatric Medical Association, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and the American College of Podiatric Medicine were the other joint signatories to the letter asking the governors to support podiatric physicians’ and surgeons’ voluntary contributions to their level of education, training, experience, and expertise during this difficult time.

 

You can read the letter here.

 

Resources

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) has created a resource to keep you informed during this time.  This page contains information you may need to help you in your practice, including position statements, practice management tip sheets, information on ACFAS OnDemand, tips for communicating with your patients, and information for students and residents to access ACFAS online resources.

American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS)

APMA and ASPS have added COVID-19 resource pages for its members. The landing page provides information on telehealth and small business assistance. These resources include a relief plan for DPMs to address the financial impact of their office closures.  

Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards (FPMB)

 

FPMB has created a COVID-19 resource for foot and ankle surgeons.  This webpage contains important national emergency information, pertinent state links that contain local guidance,  and any additional information provided from state podiatry/medical boards.


American Academy of Dermatology


The American Academy of Dermatology is studying the dermatologic manifestations of the COVID-19 virus and needs your help.  The association is asking all health care professionals who have provided care for COVID-19 patients who develop dermatologic manifestations and/or dermatology patients with an existing condition who develop COVID-19 to fill out this survey.

 

This registry is a collaborative effort and depends on the active participation of the international healthcare community.  Please share this site with your colleagues and encourage them to report any cases of COVID-19 dermatoses.