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’ Spring Part II CBPS examinations will proceed as scheduled. We continue to partner with Pearson VUE and will let you know if there are any changes.

 

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.

 

How will postponed Case Review impact you?  If your board qualification expires on August 31, 2020, we will automatically extend your status until December 31, 2020.

 

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.

 

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.

 
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.

 

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.