“This podiatric question bank is a powerful and surely effective study tool.”Stephen Offutt
This question bank is specifically targeted to the initial Foot Surgery Certification as well as the recertification exam that is required every ten years (Parts 1 and 2).
It is important to note that the Foot Surgery Certification and the Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery certifications BOTH have a Part 1 and a Part 2. In order to receive a complete certification, there are actually four parts total. There is a significant amount of detail on the ramifications for completing portions of the four parts - these details are highlighted in page 12 of the ABFAS document. Note that these “parts” are also referred to as the Didactic Section and the CBPS section.
Completing Part 1 and Part 2 of the Certification in Foot Surgery Examination means that an individual is qualified to address general medical problems and surgery related to trauma, diseases, and deformities of the foot.
According to the ABFAS, Part I of the Certification in Foot Surgery Examination process leads to Board Qualified in Foot Surgery. The Part I examination involves diagnostic and perioperative care of the podiatric surgical patient encompassing the foot and ankle.
The Part I Exam is made up of two sections: didactic (i.e., multiple-choice) questions and a Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS) assessment, which evaluates the candidate's clinical reasoning skills. Both sections may include some interpretation of image-based materials.
The examination involves diagnostic and perioperative care of the podiatric surgical patient encompassing the foot and ankle. Intraoperative areas include surgical procedures of the entire foot with the exception of RRA procedures.
The exam consists of a maximum of 125 multiple-choice questions and a maximum of eight CBPS cases. Part I is administered in one session lasting no more than four hours.
According to the ABFAS, Part II of the Certification in Foot Surgery Examination process leads to Board Certified in Foot Surgery. The Part II examinations serve to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and skills in obtaining and interpreting clinical information as well as the ability to reason logically and to arrive at a diagnosis or treatment plan for a specific patient presentation.
The Part II Exam is made up of two sections: an analysis of cases selected by ABFAS for Case Review and the CBPS assessment.
Case Review involves the assessment of all aspects of surgical cases performed by candidates, including surgical decision-making, preoperative clinical assessment, preoperative radiographic assessment, technical skills assessment, and outcomes analysis.
The CBPS assessment will consist of patient scenarios presented by the computer, and the candidate must interactively enter selections from lists and moves through the question to completion.
The examination involves diagnostic and perioperative care of the podiatric surgical patient, encompassing the foot and ankle. Intraoperative areas include surgical procedures of the entire foot with the exception of reconstructive rearfoot and ankle procedures.
For more details, refer to the ABFAS 110-2017 Information and Requirements For Board Certification Part I and Part II.