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Changes to Case Review Requirements for 2017 The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery has approved a set of changes to case review requirements that reflects current practice patterns and evaluates patient outcomes. Effective for the 2017 exam cycle is the expansion of eligible case subcategories used for the Part II certification case review process.
The podiatry profession continues to evolve with more podiatrists performing rearfoot reconstruction, trauma, and limb salvage procedures.
The podiatry profession continues to evolve with more podiatrists performing rearfoot reconstruction, trauma, and limb salvage procedures. These changes reflect three major factors. One, development of three-year surgical residency programs, providing advanced surgical exposure and training of current and future residents. Two, more podiatrists are joining orthopedics, sports medicine, and wound care practices. And three, there has been an expansion in the scope of practice with 47 states allowing podiatric physicians to perform rearfoot/ankle surgery. With continuous changes such as these, and to allow podiatric surgeons to participate in the Part II examination in a timely manner, an expansion in current case selection was necessary. ABFAS formed a task force to examine the need to expand the case review categories. > Continued on Page 11
A Message from the President
Listening to Our Members It is with great honor and pride that I relay this message to the ABFAS community as president of our certifying board. Since assuming the responsibilities of the presidency, I have been committed to paving the path my predecessors laid out before me. In the last few years, a number of changes have occurred that have cleared the way for continued growth and advancement of ABFAS. The oral exams are history and we now have a method, through case review and the CBPS exam, that enhances the examination process. Our name has officially changed to ABFAS. It has also been just over a year since our new executive director took over and she has come out of the gates running. Through her past experience and knowledge of healthcare organizations, a number of new policies and procedures have been implemented to better serve our members. To continue, input and guidance from our members is vital. Last year we conducted a survey of our membership to assess the overall performance of ABFAS. The ABFAS board used the survey results to help formulate a new strategic plan (see article, page 6). The survey showed a need for improvements, primarily in customer service. Better communication with members was also a recurring comment. In response to the survey we added earlier office hours. Members can now contact the ABFAS office at 7:00 am Pacific Time, 10:00 am Eastern time, and a real person will answer the phone. This past summer saw the launch of a new and improved website, which we update weekly. We are also updating our online practice questions and study guides for all of our exams. An ad hoc committee of members from each of the exam committees is tackling this project.
The expansion of eligible cases for the case review portion of the certification process, reflective of the scope of current practice, will afford our board qualified members the opportunity to achieve board certification in a timely fashion. Another positive change that will be effective for the 2017 exam cycle is the expansion of eligible case subcategories used for the Part II certification case review process. As a result of Vision 2015 and better training, our profession has evolved with more podiatrists performing complex rearfoot reconstruction, trauma, and limb salvage procedures. Many of the graduating residents are joining orthopaedic groups, sports medicine, and wound care/limb salvage practices, which results in candidates performing higher-level procedures. Digital and forefoot procedures are now performed less often by these highly trained, young practitioners. The healthcare industry is changing with hospitals and the insurance industry increasingly requiring board certification within a certain time frame, most within five years after completion of training. Because of this requirement, some of these highly-trained qualified candidates are encountering difficulty meeting the required forefoot numbers in the allotted time. The expansion of eligible cases for the case review portion of the certification process, reflective of the scope of current practice, will afford our board qualified members the opportunity to achieve board certification in a timely fashion.
Earlier this year, we announced a new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program starting in 2017. After that announcement, we discovered that the other specialty boards had started to change their requirements, so I asked our MOC committee to take another look at the proposed 2017 implementation. The MOC committee proposed to change the program to fall in line with the other medical specialty boards. The proposal made by the committee and approved by the ABFAS board is to continue the 10-year exam cycle and require 20 credits of category 1 CE per year, or 200 per exam cycle. This will become the ABFAS MOC program and effective in 2017. Finally, with all the changes that have taken place in the last few years, our policies and procedures and bylaws will have to be updated to reflect these changes. An ad hoc bylaws committee along with our executive director are currently reviewing all the necessary documents. Once the appropriate changes are made, our legal team will review the changes before being considered by the board and presented to the membership for approval. I would like to conclude this message by acknowledging the staff members of ABFAS for their efforts and dedication. Their hard work ensures that all of our exams are administered smoothly and successfully. I would also like to thank all of our colleagues who generously donate their time and knowledge to the committees of ABFAS. These members are the backbone of this organization and it is through their contributions that we have consistently been able to provide “A credential you can trust.”
Christopher D. Lotufo, DPM, FACFAS President
The ABFAS Board of Directors
Front left to right: Roya Mirmiran, DPM; Christopher Lotufo, DPM; Matthew E. Williams, DPM; Mindy L.B. Benton, DPM; Danny Choung, DPM Rear left to right: Dennis “Marty” Chaney, DPM; Alan Ng, DPM; Keith Jacobson, DPM; Michael VanPelt, DPM
2016 Stone Award Recipients Outstanding Professional Conduct Awards Nine graduating students received the 2016 Michael L. Stone, DPM Outstanding Professional Conduct Award. Each selection, determined by the professors and fellow students at their respective podiatric medical colleges, was to â€œthe individual who exemplified the highest standard of professionalism, deportment, and ethics in their interactions with peers, professors, and staff.â€? Each award includes a plaque and a cash award of $2,000 to be used at the studentâ€™s discretion.
Michael Sosinski Michael Sosinski is currently a senior at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. Currently ranked in the top 5% of the Class of 2016, he has served as president of the student chapter of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He takes time out of his busy schedule as a medical student to volunteer for numerous charitable and community causes while still maintaining an outstanding academic profile.
Tenaya West Tenaya graduated from Stanford University with a BA degree in Human Biology. Since enrolling at California School of Podiatric Medicine, Tenaya has excelled academically and will shortly be confirmed as the valedictorian for the class of 2016 with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She volunteered in 2009 and 2011 with the Hospital for Rehabilitation for Disabled Children in Nepal and seeks to stay involved with volunteering in developing countries.
Cindy Lin Cindy Lin has distinguished herself both in her coursework and while on clinical rotations while at Des Moines University. As a leader and member of many professional clubs and organizations, Cindy has helped with activities that benefit students university-wide. She has also dedicated her time as a volunteer with Homeless Camp Outreach and Iowa Free Clinics. With dreams to positively change the world, Cindy has been able to balance her academics with leadership, volunteerism, and humor.
Marcus Miyabara Marcus Miyabara, a fourth-year student at Midwestern University is ranked first in his class. Marcus managed his rigorous academic load well despite the long hours he committed to service to his classmates, the university, and to the community. He served as a student ambassador and as the coordinator for a program of foot care provided to homeless veterans. He is also president of the student chapter of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine in Arizona.
Michael Rossidis Michael Rossidis came to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine as a graduate of Cornell University. At NYCPM he has been a leader within the student ACFAS organization, the College Diabetes/Wound Care Club, and as editor for the NYCPM Journal-the Podiatric Medical Review to which he also contributed an article. He was recently inducted into the Pi Delta National Podiatry Honor Society, Gamma Chapter and has been the recipient of numerous scholarship awards.
Anthony Rusher Anthony Rusher has performed exceptionally well throughout his tenure at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He has a 4.0 GPA and is president of the PI Delta National Podiatry Honor Society and Director of Clinical Affairs of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He currently volunteers his time to the Run to End Homelessness and was a student contributor to the 2014 edition of the Compendium of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.
Allison Damon Allison Damon graduated from Duke University, magna cum laude, prior to entering Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in June of 2012. She received the Scholl Distinguished Scholar Award in 2013, the Scholl Foundation Scholarship Award in 2014, and the Podiatric Insurance Company of America Award in 2015. In addition to high academic achievement, Allison has given generously of her time and talents through her involvement with many clubs and volunteer experiences.
William Brownell William (Jake) Brownell is a Temple University alumnus and a 2016 grad of Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Jake is top of his class academically and active in the schoolâ€™s honorary societies. Not only has Jake excelled academically, but he has been very active and involved in clubs and organizations both as a member and leader.
Shahdad Saeedi During his coursework at Western University, Shahdad was actively participating in as many volunteer events as his schedule would permit to give back to the community. Shahdad traveled the entire country during his fourth year at Western and got a broad perspective of how each area of the country practices. He looks forward to making an impact daily, as a physician and academician.
Setting a Course for the Future In May 2015, ABFAS performed its first independent satisfaction survey to gather data about our customer service and to better understand your expectations and needs as you become certified and maintain your certification. We received 770 responses, which is statistically significant for a survey of this type. Thanks to everyone for participating. The survey was illuminating and provided good data for the ABFAS board’s strategic planning process which took place in July 2015. Key focus areas are enhancing customer service; improving communications; reviewing and revising our documents and practice exams to help guide you through the certification pathway; and, more timely release of exam results. The board also heard and responded to members requesting more transparency and inclusion with ABFAS committees. So far, we have addressed some of your concerns by: 1) reorganizing so that there is a focused credentialing services team ready to take your calls from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pacific Time; 2) launching a new website that we are continuing to improve based on your questions and feedback; and 3) creating a new position, Director of Examinations, to provide more focus on the logistics of the exam process. We’ll continue to keep you informed as we institute other strategies to meet the strategic plan goals and objectives.
Strategic Plan ABFAS Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives 1) Improve Customer Service • Use technology to develop internal systems to track customer service calls and emails • Review and improve customer communications • Enhance ABFAS booth at other organizations’ meetings 2) Develop strategies to recruit future leaders • Develop more transparent process for recruitment • Develop open call for volunteers 3) Increase visibility of ABFAS to the medical community • Develop strategies for hospitals to understand the importance of ABFAS credentials • Ensure residents are knowledgeable about ABFAS and the value of ABFAS credentials 4) Review and improve all phases of the exam process • Review and update, if necessary, exam timelines/deadlines • Improve exam preparatory process • Improve all levels/types of communications/customer service associated with exams
If you have questions or comments about our strategic plan, please contact Kathy Kreiter. firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery depends upon numerous volunteers each year to plan, develop, and administer in-training, qualification, certification, recertification, and self-assessment examinations. In addition, the various committee work of the board would not be possible without the commitment of time and hard work of many more volunteers. Each year, ABFAS takes a moment to say “thank you” to all who helped make this past year a successful one, and who enable the board to continue to uphold the standards making ABFAS qualification and certification so widely recognized and valued.
Case Evaluation Committee William R. Adams, DPM Charles Arena, DPM Mindy Benton, DPM Allan Boike, DPM David Buchan, DPM Albert Burns, DPM Michael D. Burns, DPM Michael J. Burns, DPM Michelle Butterworth, DPM John Cade, DPM Danny Choung, DPM Fredric Chussid, DPM Keith Cook, DPM Stephen Corey, DPM Michael Cornelison, DPM Randall Dei, DPM Anthony Domenigoni, DPM John Evans, DPM Michael Figura, DPM Timothy Ford, DPM Daniel Hatch, DPM Alberto Herrada, DPM Shane Hollawell, DPM Michael Isaac, DPM Keith Jacobson, DPM Craig Jex, DPM Ira Kraus, DPM Dustin Kruse, DPM Christopher Lotufo, DPM Charles Lombardi, DPM Michael Loshigian, DPM John Marcoux, DPM Lauri McDaniel, DPM John McGarry, DPM Timothy Mineo, DPM Roya Mirmiran, DPM Gary Most, DPM Vincent Muscarella, DPM Aksone Nouvong, DPM Alan Ng, DPM James Nugent, DPM Robert Olson, DPM Amberly Paradoa, DPM Jesse Parks, DPM Oleg Petrov, DPM Martin Pressman, DPM Paul Quintavalle, DPM Roland Ramdass, DPM Madelin Ramil, DPM Ronald Ray, DPM Joshua Rhodenizer, DPM Barry Rosenblum, DPM Brett Sachs, DPM Richard Schachter, DPM Harry Schneider, DPM Desiree Scholl, DPM Vito Speciale, DPM Steven Spinner, DPM Daisy Sundstrom, DPM, Chair
Katie Swanstrom, DPM Michael Theodoulou, DPM Michael Tran, DPM Joseph Treadwell, DPM Keith Tyson, DPM Michael Van Pelt, DPM Eric Walter, DPM Gregory Webb, DPM Ralph Wentz, DPM Matthew E. Williams, DPM Randal Wraalstad, DPM
CBPS Foot Surgery Committee William R. Adams, DPM Nicole Bauerly, DPM Paul Dayton, DPM Michael Dujela, DPM Keith Jacobson, DPM, Chair Christopher Reeves, DPM Matthew Williams, DPM
CBPS RRA Surgery Committee Eric Barp, DPM Danny Choung, DPM Eric Evans, DPM Robert Olson, DPM Ronald Ray, DPM, Chair Joseph Treadwell, DPM Michael VanPelt, DPM Gregory Webb, DPM
Cognitive Exam Committee Albert Burns, DPM Michelle Butterworth, DPM Dennis Chaney, DPM Fredric Chussid, DPM Stephen Corey, DPM Thanh Dinh, DPM Alberto Herrada, DPM Revonda Jessup, DPM Christopher Lamy, DPM Alicia Lazzara, DPM Charles Lombardi, DPM John Marcoux, DPM Samuel Mendicino, DPM Timothy Mineo, DPM Scott Nelson, DPM James Nugent, DPM Amberly Paradoa, DPM Amy Pitzer, DPM Richard Schachter, DPM, Chair Stephen Silvani, DPM Vito Speciale, DPM Steven Spinner, DPM Alyssa Stephenson, DPM Katie Swanstrom, DPM Stuart Wertheimer, DPM
Communications Committee Allan Boike, DPM, Chair Randall Dei, DPM John N. Evans, DPM Roya Mirmiran, DPM Oleg Petrov, DPM Brett Sachs, DPM Amber Shane, DPM
Credentialing Guidelines Committee Mindy L. B. Benton, DPM, Chair Christopher Lotufo, DPM Alan Ng, DPM
Exam Oversight Committee Albert Burns, DPM Charles Lombardi, DPM Christopher Lotufo, DPM John McGarry, DPM Samuel Mendicino, DPM Alan Ng, DPM James Nugent, DPM Martin Pressman, DPM Paul Quintavalle, DPM Ronald Ray, DPM Richard Schachter, DPM Stephen Silvani, DPM Steven Spinner, DPM
Maintenance of Certification Committee Charles Arena, DPM Michael Burns, DPM John McGarry, DPM Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, DPM Paul Quintavalle, DPM, Chair Daisy Sundstrom, DPM
Nominating Committee Alan Ng, DPM Martin Pressman, DPM Richard Schachter, DPM
Representatives to Other Organizations Council on Podiatric Medical Education Charles Lombardi, DPM Council of Teaching Hospitals Charles Lombardi, DPM Joint Committee on Recognition of Specialty Boards Stuart Wertheimer, DPM Podiatry Residency Resource Randall L. Dei, DPM Kathleen M. Pyatak-Hugar, DPM Residency Review Committee Keith Cook, DPM Paolo Di Liddo, DPM
2015 Exam Passing Rates
2018 Deadline Important deadlines are in effect for candidates who completed a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)-approved residency of less than three years* but are not yet ABFAS certified.
Less Than Three-Year Residency Programs Candidates
An excerpt from ABFAS Document 110, states: Needing Board Qualification and Certification
Candidates without Board Qualified status who
Already Board Qualified and Needing Certification
completed a CPME-approved residency of less than three years have until December 31, 2018 to complete the ABFAS board certification process. Beginning January 1, 2019, such candidates are ineligible for ABFAS certification. Candidates with Board Qualified status who completed a CPME approved residency of less than three years may
Take BQ Part I first chance
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Case Review takes place
Take CBPS Part II Exam first chance
Take CBPS Part II Exam second chance
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Apply for Case Review last chance
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Case Review takes place
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Take CBPS Part II Exam last chance
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Must complete ABFAS Board Certification
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pursue board certification until expiration of Board Qualified status. Candidates may apply for requalification; however, any requalification may not extend beyond December 31, 2018. There are a number of steps candidates will need to take in order to complete the process by the December 2018 deadline. Intermediary steps include acquiring Board Qualification, applying for case review, and finally, taking the certifying exam. There are limited opportunities for each step. To help candidates better understand the intermediary steps to attain Board Certification, we have designed a timeline for candidates’ reference, at right. While there is more than one opportunity to complete a step, ABFAS recommends that candidates not wait until near the deadline(s) to take an exam or apply for case review. Test locations fill up quickly and a candidate’s first choice or closest location may not be available. Rushing the case review process leaves candidates open to errors and omissions. *Less than three-year residency programs include: RPR/PPMR/POR 12 months of which must be in a podiatric surgical residency (PSR) • PM&S-24 • PSR-24 •
Residency Evaluators ABFAS plays a crucial role with the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) in the evaluation of residency programs. As the recognized podiatric surgical specialty board, ABFAS is responsible for recommending representatives to actively participate in CPME’s processes related to the review and approval of postgraduate training programs. This includes recommendations of representatives to CPME’s Residency Review Committee (RRC), and collaborating with CPME to provide trained evaluators for on-site evaluation of podiatric residency and fellowship programs. Approval of podiatric residency and fellowship training programs is based upon periodic programmatic review by RRC and CPME. Each year approximately 50 programs undergo on-site evaluation by survey teams. CPME currently maintains a list of 80 evaluators who have completed training in the requirements for Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) programs, and who are board certified by ABFAS, ABPM, or both. Evaluation teams are appointed by the CPME chair prior to the spring and fall residency evaluation cycles. Each team chair is responsible for coordinating the on-site evaluation process with the CPME staff liaison, the residency’s program director, and each evaluation team member. Attention is paid to avoiding potential conflicts of interest and evaluators must maintain strict confidentiality during all phases of the evaluation process. Team members must be familiar with CPME’s documents related to residency and fellowship standards, procedures, and policies. Surgical evaluators representing RRC must also be knowledgeable about the interpretation of requirements specific to podiatric surgery as documented in CPME 320, Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies. The goals of the evaluation team during the on-site visit include validating the program materials presented prior to the visit, assessing compliance with CPME requirements, and identifying any areas of necessary improvement in a written report that is forwarded to RRC for review and deliberation. At all times, on-site evaluators are expected to be professional, objective, and constructive, and to work cohesively together as a team that represents CPME, RRC, and the specialty boards. The evaluation and approval process for residency programs serves to improve the postgraduate training experience for its residents, affords them access to board certification tracks, and ultimately serves the best interests of the public.
Conflict of Interest The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery values the participation of its volunteer board and committee members. All ABFAS board members and committee members must sign a confidentiality, duality of interest, and conflict of interest document to ensure that the interests and integrity of the organization are protected. The fundamental objective of this document is to mandate that no director, committee member, or examiner use his or her position of knowledge to advance a personal interest and to maintain a duty of loyalty to ABFAS. Obligations under the duty of loyalty include the duty to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and to maintain confidentiality with all information owned by ABFAS. Additionally, the document outlines how member volunteers can avoid conflicts of interest in affiliations with other associations (duality of interest) and with transactions and/or business arrangements (financial interest). The duty to disclose any potential conflict of interest is satisfied by a disclosure statement submitted prior to the member’s term. Diplomates who wish to volunteer as committee members or examiners are encouraged to closely examine their associations and contractual agreements for possible conflicts of interest. For any questions regarding these policies, contact ABFAS at 415.553.7800.
Continued from the cover story: 1) Candidates will log all surgical procedures in all categories (one through five). The candidate must log a minimum of 65 cases for eligibility to submit cases for review for foot surgery certification—similar to the 2016 exam cycle. 2) Thirty (30) out of the 65 logged cases must be in designated subcategories, shown below. Only cases logged in categories 2, 4, and 5 will be counted toward the minimum 30 procedures— different than the 2016 exam cycle as the list of cases is expanded to allow practitioners with an RRA focus to sit for the Foot Certification exam. 3) There will be a limit on the maximum number of procedures in each sub-category that is used toward the “minimum 30 procedures.” The limits are based on complexity and/ or degree of surgical skills for that specific procedure. For example, the maximum number of procedures that is eligible toward “minimum 30 procedures” under subcategory 2.2.1 Cheilectomy is 2, whereas the maximum number of procedures that is eligible toward the “minimum 30 procedures” for sub-category 2.2.6 MTPJ fusion is 15. 4) The RRA cases selected for review for Part II Foot certification process will not be available for the RRA portion of the Part II certification process. One of the benefits of the recommended changes is that the inclusion of categories 2, 4, and 5 will provide better diversity in assessing a candidate’s overall surgical skills. Another benefit is that the changes are similar to the board certification process for orthopedic surgeons, where the surgeon is assessed based on his or her most common procedures performed and practiced. ABFAS is committed to ensuring its certification process addresses changes in the field. We hope that this change in the case review process assists those seeking certification. Reminders: Please log all cases and continue to log even if you believe you have met the requirement. The PLS system will be able to show the status of your logged cases vs. the requirements, beginning in July 2016. Expanded List of Categories for Case Review Each category in blue has an allowable maximum of 2 of the 30 required cases. Each category in green has an allowable maximum of 15 of the 30 required cases.
Other First Ray Surgery 2.3.2 osteotomy (e.g., dorsiflexory) 2.3.3 metatarsocuneiform fusion (other than for hallux valgus or hallux limitus) 2.3.4 amputation 2.3.5 management of osseous tumor/neoplasm (with or without bone graft) 2.3.6 management of bone/joint infection (with or without bone graft) 2.3.7 open management of fracture or MTPJ dislocation with fixation 2.3.8 corticotomy with callus distraction 2.3.9 revision/repair of surgical outcome (e.g., nonunion, hallux varus) Osseous Foot Surgery 4.5 lesser MTPJ implant 4.6 central metatarsal osteotomy 4.7 bunionectomy of the fifth metatarsal with osteotomy 4.8 open management of lesser metatarsal fracture(s) 4.10 amputation (lesser ray, transmetatarsal amputation (TMA]) 4.11 management of bone/joint infection distal to the tarsometatarsal joints (with or without bone graft) 4.12 management of bone tumor/neoplasm distal to the tarsometatarsal joints (with or without bone graft) 4.13 open management of tarsometatarsal fracture/dislocation 4.14 multiple osteotomy management of metatarsus adductus 4.15 tarsometatarsal fusion 4.16 corticotomy/callus distraction of lesser metatarsal Elective–Soft-tissue 5.1.1 plastic surgery techniques involving the midfoot, rearfoot or ankle 5.1.2 tendon transfer involving the midfoot, rearfoot, ankle, or leg 5.1.4 soft-tissue repair of complex congenital foot/ankle deformity (clubfoot, vertical talus) 5.1.5 delayed repair of ligamentous structures 5.1.6 ligament or tendon augmentation/supplementation/restoration Elective–Osseous 5.2.2 detachment/reattachment of Achilles tendon with partial ostectomy 5.2.4 midfoot, rearfoot, or ankle fusion 5.2.5 midfoot, rearfoot, or tibial osteotomy 5.2.6 coalition resection 5.2.7 open management of talar dome pathology (with or without osteotomy) 5.2.8 ankle arthrotomy with removal of loose body or other osteochondral debridement 5.2.9 ankle implant 5.2.10 corticotomy or osteotomy with callus distraction/ correction of complex deformity of the midfoot, rearfoot, ankle, or tibia
Hallux Valgus Surgery 2.1.3 bunionectomy with phalangeal osteotomy 2.1.4 bunionectomy with distal first metatarsal osteotomy 2.1.5 bunionectomy with first metatarsal base or shaft osteotomy 2.1.6 bunionectomy with first metatarsocuneiform fusion 2.1.7 MTPJ fusion 2.1.8 MTPJ implant
Nonelective–Soft-tissue 5.3.1 repair of acute tendon injury 5.3.2 repair of acute ligament injury 5.3.3 microscopic nerve/vascular repair of the midfoot, rearfoot, or ankle 5.3.4 excision of soft-tissue tumor/mass of the foot (with reconstructive surgery) 5.3.6 open repair of dislocation (proximal to tarsometatarsal joints)
Hallux Limitus Surgery 2.2.1 cheilectomy 2.2.2 joint salvage with phalangeal osteotomy (Kessel- Bonney, enclavement) 2.2.3 joint salvage with distal metatarsal osteotomy 2.2.4 joint salvage with first metatarsal shaft or base osteotomy 2.2.5 joint salvage with first metatarsocuneiform fusion 2.2.6 MTPJ fusion 2.2.7 MTPJ implant
Nonelective–Osseous 5.4.1 open repair of adult midfoot fracture 5.4.2 open repair of adult rearfoot fracture 5.4.3 open repair of adult ankle fracture 5.4.4 open repair of pediatric rearfoot/ankle fracture or dislocation 5.4.5 management of bone tumor/neoplasm (with or without bone graft) 5.4.6 management of bone/joint infection (with or without bone graft) 5.4.7 amputation proximal to the tarsometatarsal joints
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2017 Exam Dates The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery offers the Part I (Board Qualification) examination twice each year—in the spring and fall. Each examination (Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery) has an objective (didactic) multiple-choice section as well as a Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS) section. The Part II (Board Certification) CBPS (Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/ Ankle Surgery) takes place only in the spring. Please refer to ABFAS Document 110, available on the ABFAS website for more information. You will find information about the Part II Surgical Practice Analysis, or case review, requirements in ABFAS Document 220, also available on the website. Candidates must register on the ABFAS website. ABFAS strongly encourages candidates to apply early to have the greatest opportunity to schedule at a conveniently located Pearson VUE testing center. Late registrants may have to travel to other testing locations.
Recertification – Foot
Recertification – RRA Surgery
Part I Foot – Didactic
Part I Foot – CBPS
Oleg Petrov, DPM
Part I RRA – Didactic
Brett D. Sachs, DPM
Part I RRA – CBPS
Amber Shane, DPM
Part II Foot – CBPS
Part II RRA – CBPS
Part I Foot – Didactic
Part I Foot – CBPS
Part I RRA – Didactic
Allan M. Boike, DPM Chair Randall l. Dei, DPM John N. Evans, DPM Roya Mirmiran, DPM
Kathy Kreiter Executive Director Jairemarie Pomo Editor