Residency programs pay for all residents’ in-training exams. There is no cost to the resident.
PGY 1&2 (and PGY 3 in 4-year programs) $240 Final-year PGY $300
Board Qualification Fee
Foot Surgery Didactic $300
Foot Surgery NEW CBPS $300
RRA Surgery Didactic $300
RRA Surgery NEW CBPS $300
Board Qualification Fee
Residents who complete residency in 2021 or after and score at least 500 (Part I passing score) on any individual final year In-training exam (ITE) have the option of using that score towards fulfilling their board qualification examination requirements. There is a $300 fee for each passed final year ITE exam converted to fulfill board qualification exam requirements. You do not have to pay the fee until you are ready to convert it for board qualification purposes, which at the earliest will be when you complete your residency.
Registering for Part I Exams
If you did not pass a FY ITE exam(s) you can take the Part I Exams in the Spring. Please login to your ABFAS profile to register for those exams. When you log in, please note that you will also see the Final Year ITE exam(s) that you already passed. These exams display in your Exam History as “Passed BQ Not paid”. Please only register for the exams that you will need to fulfill the board qualification requirements.
Passing Both the Didactic and CBPS ITEs
Residents who pass the Foot Surgery didactic and CBPS ITEs or the RRA Surgery didactic and CBPS ITEs may convert these ITE results to meet both Part I examination requirements. Residents may convert the Foot Surgery ITEs, the RRA Surgery ITEs, or both by paying the applicable Board Qualification fees.
You will need to pay $600 total for converting both Didactic and CBPS for either Foot Surgery or RRA Surgery examinations. If you would like to convert passing scores on all four ITE exams you will need to pay $1200 total for converting Didactic and CBPS for both Foot and RRA Surgery examinations.
If you pass only the RRA Surgery ITEs, you must wait until you become Board Qualified in Foot Surgery before you can pay the conversion fee for the RRA Surgery ITEs. Board Qualification in Foot Surgery is a prerequisite for Board Qualification in RRA Surgery.
Passed exams that you may convert show as “Passed BQ Not paid” in your exam history.
Passing Only One of the Examinations - Either Didactic or CBPS
You do not have to pass both ITEs to convert a passed ITE to count towards your board qualification. For example, if you only passed your Foot Surgery CBPS ITE, you can take the Part I Foot Surgery Didactic exam in spring. Assuming you pass that exam, you can then pay the $300 fee to convert your final year ITE Foot Surgery CBPS into your Part I Foot Surgery board qualification exam. The converted Foot Surgery CBPS and the passed Part I Foot Surgery Didactic fulfill the board qualification exam requirements.
You will not have to pay to convert the passed ITE until you plan to use it for board qualification purposes. And you do not have to pay to convert passed RRA ITEs until you become board qualified in Foot Surgery.
Again, the earliest you will be able to pay the conversion fee is when you complete your residency.
Things to Remember
As with all ABFAS exams, your passed final year ITE exam score expires after 7 years. That means if you do not become board qualified 7 years after you pass a final year ITE, you will need to take and pass the relevant Part I exam in order to become board qualified; after 7 years, you will no longer be able to use the passed final year ITE exam for board qualification purposes.
When you are eligible to use the final year ITE for credit towards board qualification (i.e. complete residency, or pass the other board qualification requirements) you have one year to pay for the exam credit conversion. Otherwise, the board qualification fee increases to the full Part I examination fee ($425) for each ITE you want to convert.