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 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.
COVID-19 Restrictions Limit Testing Seats for Fall Exams
Pearson VUE testing centers are at half capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. More testing seats are expected to open as local restrictions are lifted. Meanwhile, do not use the Consecutive Appointment feature to schedule multiple exams back-to-back. Instead, schedule each exam independently. You may contact Pearson VUE for assistance at 800-511-6951 Mon–Fri, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. CT. If you need further help please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do everything we can to get you scheduled.
First and Second Year Residents: We strongly encourage you to take your didactic ITEs online to make more testing center space available for the CBPS exams.
Additional Dates for Part I and Final-year In-training Didactic Examination
Due to scheduling difficulties caused by COVID-19 restrictions at Pearson VUE test centers, ABFAS has added two additional dates, October 9 and October 22, 2020, for Part I Didactic Exams and Final-year In-training Didactic Exams. Either the Foot or RRA Didactic exam or both can be scheduled on these dates. The additional dates are for Part I and Final-year In-training Didactic exams only. There are no additional dates for CBPS exams.
ABFAS will email detailed instructions on how to schedule didactic exams on the additional dates to everyone registered for a Part I Didactic Exam or the Final-year In-training Exam.
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 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 October 2-4 and 9-11, 2020. Candidates should expect their results in early November, 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 email@example.com.
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.
Due in part to the lobbying efforts highlighted below, the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has updated its guidance and now explicitly includes podiatric physicians in its definition of essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 emergency. Here is the relevant text.
“Health-care providers including, but not limited to, physicians (MD/DO/DPM); dentists; psychologists; midlevel practitioners; nurses; assistants and aids; infection control and quality assurance personnel; phlebotomists; pharmacists; physical, respiratory, speech and occupational therapists and assistants; social workers; optometrists; speech pathologists; chiropractors; diagnostic and therapeutic technicians; and radiology technologists.”
Read the full CISA memorandum and guidance.
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.
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.