I can’t be the only person who didn’t do any course or any studying for ABFAS, right?
Unless you’ve failed the didactic portion once already (is there still even a didactic portion?), I doubt any of these courses will make a huge difference.
I didn’t study a lick for ABFAS either. Good training should be sufficient.
The month before boards I had set-up a rotation with some doctors in my system who were a town away. Left my newborn behind with my wife and a stocked fridge. Good surgical volume. Great diversity. Did a plural number of rearfoot fusions, midfoot, 1st ray fusions,, scopes, flatfeet, toes, 2nd MPJ BS, a nail, arthroeresis (ha) etc. Went home every night and studied for the cases throughout the week. Also made a list of priority chapters and reviewed textbooks, Myerson/and other technique guides, pulled articles etc. Did several cadaver labs. One of the attendings pulled powerpoints of weird residency cases to pimp me on.
And then I sat down for the exam and the questions in no way at all resembled anything I had studied or read. If I could have the month back I'd have binged TV.
Other small thing. Boards by the Numbers. Total trash. The people who write this course apparently think ABFAS is 50% questions about old school bone scans. We need a thread where we spell out podiatry groups / products / ownership so we name all the shills in this profession and work on convincing people not to buy their products.