Residency Directors

ABFAS provides tools for residency directors on the ABFAS board certification process.

In-training Examinations

ABFAS administers an annual In-training Examination (ITE) in the Fall to access the progress of training and education at podiatric surgical residency programs approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).

The In‐training Examination Benefits

  • Assesses residents’ strengths and weaknesses and identifies subject areas that may require more study. 
  • Residents gain experience with the multiple‐choice didactic computer adaptive test (CAT) examination and the computer‐based patient simulation (CBPS).
  • Residents should see increasingly higher scores as they progress through their residency program.
  • The experience and knowledge gained through the In‐training Examination are invaluable as residents prepare for ABFAS Board Qualification and Board Certification examinations. 
  • Residency directors and residents should consider the examinations to be as important as the Board Certification examination, and use the examination as a preparatory tool. This is the best way to assure that the full value of the examinations is realized and that residents who decide to take the ABFAS Board Qualification examinations are well prepared for success.
  • Data shows that residents who pass their Board Qualification examinations soon after competing residency are more likely to complete the Board Certification process successfully.

The In-training Examination Guide for Residency Directors

This comprehensive guide explains the ITE structure, exam preparation, scoring, registration, scheduling, and what to expect on exam day.  Residency Directors can use this guide as a resource and share it with their residents. 

Podiatry Residency Resource 

Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR) is a web-based residency management system specifically designed for the podiatric residency community.  It seamlessly integrates input from residents, program directors, and residency staff.  This data stream helps residents stay informed of their progress in meeting training requirements.  It also helps residency programs maintain compliance with program requirements.

Features of PRR

  • Residents use the system to log their patient encounters or cases and track them on their work hours dashboard, didactic activity reports, and evaluation forms
  • PRR tracks the case data to ensure residents have met their minimum activity volume (MAV) and diversity rules set forth by the CPME 320 document.
  • Residency directors can run Clinical Log Audit Detail (CLAD) reports making sure there are no logging errors
  • HIPAA compliant and approved by the Department of Veteran's Administration security

Co-owned by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, PRR is also a tool that the Residency Review Committee accesses for residency program evaluations.

For more information on PRR, visit the website, or contact PRR Support Services/Development at 415.553.7810 or by email at