certification | Case Review
Initial Case Submission
After you have passed the guided essay examination, you will be asked to submit a certain number of surgical and/or medical cases, depending upon the certification you’re applying for. You have 90 days after you pass the guided essay exam to submit your cases. Using our Case Documentation Transmittal Form, you will submit:
- 75 cases for Lower Extremity Medicine or for Lower Extremity Medicine and Surgery certification
- 105 cases for Lower Extremity Medicine and Comprehensive Surgery, including Rearfoot and Reconstructive Surgery certification, with at least one-third of the cases being specific to rearfoot/ankle treatment.
You will determine the case mix, but it should be diverse and there are limitations on the number of cases of various types that may be submitted.
Please download and review our Limitations on Case Transmissions document before submitting your cases. If you are applying for certification in Lower Extremity Medicine and Comprehensive Surgery, including Rearfoot and Reconstructive Surgery, please download and review our Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery Case Delineation document as well.
You may submit fewer cases than the stated maximums for any procedure or any category, but you may not exceed either the maximum allowable number indicated for the named procedures, or the maximum allowable number indicated for each category. You are not required to submit cases in all categories.
Submission of Residency Cases
You may submit a maximum of 30 residency cases if you performed more than fifty percent of each procedure. The remaining cases you submit must have been performed no more than seven years before the date of your application for ABLES certification.
If you submit residency cases, they must be listed on the Case Documentation Transmittal form and also itemized on a separate list that must be supplemented by an operative report identifying you as the first assistant. You must also submit a copy of your complete residency surgical log, signed by the Residency Program Director. The log must indicate your level of participation for each case and must contain a key for all abbreviations and symbols used.
Submission of Case Documentation Transmittal Form
Please mail your Case Documentation Transmittal form to the address on our home page.