Student & Resident Career Timeline

If you're a student or resident and confused about the next step you need to take to further your career, look to the Student & Resident Timeline created by the Practice Management Committee to guide you through the steps you need to take to further your career as a foot and ankle surgeon. 

Residency to Fellowship/Private Practice Timeline

Student Year 4

  • Does your program require a state license?
  • Does state license require APMLE Part 3?

Residency Year 1

Residency Year 2

Fellowship

  • Explore fellowships in second half of year—most fellowships begin interviewing in August/September
  • Research the types of fellowships and decide which, if any, are a good fit
  • Contact past fellows
  • Visit (if permissible)
  • Begin collecting information needed for standard application
  • Attend fellowship breakfast at the Annual Scientific Conference
  • Meet directors, get information on programs

Private Practice

  • Network at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference
  • ACFAS Job Fair in the Exhibit Hall at the Annual Scientific Conference

Residency Year 3

Fellowship Interviews

  • Discuss with residency director how time off for interviews will be arranged
  • Most fellowship interviews are in person
  • Update CV
  • Prepare general cover letter
  • Ask for letters of recommendations
    Residency director and one to two attendings
  • Board qualification exam
    abfas.org/BecomeCertified/DatesandFees.aspx
    abpmed.org/pages/residents/board-certification

    Need qualification status for hospital privileges
  • Research Jobs
  • Know state laws
    • Do you need ankle permits to perform ankle surgery?
    • Know requirements—may need op notes from residency
    • Is there a state exam that is needed in addition to your board exams
    • When are these exams offered?

Once You Have a Fellowship

  • Apply for state license EARLY--it can take several months to obtain
  • Contact fellowship regarding insurance plans
    Do you need to get on as a provider?
  • Apply for hospital privileges EARLY
    Know what documents you need to obtain from residency
    Contact medical staff office

Once You Have a Job

  • You will need a DEA # if you did not have to have one in residency
  • Apply for state license EARLY, it can take several months to obtain
  • Apply for hospital privileges EARLY
    Know what documents you need to obtain from residency
    Contact medical staff office
  • Malpractice insurance
    Is practice providing? If not, need to obtain coverage for when you start
  • CAQH Application
    Required PRIOR to obtaining private insurance applications
    Centralized application – CAQH ID #
  • Start applying to be a provider on insurance companies
    This can be a long process!
    Know local/state specific insurances

Important Links
The following links will direct you to the corresponding website in order to obtain information regarding testing deadlines, boards, and state requirements for licensure.

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