I took the EFAS certification exam in 2015. At the time I had completed 6 years of practice as an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon, being able to demonstrate a logbook of more than a 1000 foot and ankle operative cases, as well as relevant publications
and attendance of EFAS educational events and congresses, thus meeting the requirements. The process consisted of written examination (MCQs), followed by viva’s (discussing clinical cases).
As I have been practicing in two countries (United Kingdom and Greece), and realizing how unified our world has become in terms of working (and of course practicing medicine), I wanted to gain a globally accepted qualification, that would validate my
sub-specialisation in foot and ankle surgery.
In today’s world it is very important to be able to easily prove who we are and give our patients the confidence that a validated scientific body (EFAS in this occasion) has checked upon us, the training we received, our practice, and
our commitment to continuous professional development. Thus, patients do not have to just rely on us advertising ourselves and often be skeptical regarding accuracy of information we provide.
Certification by EFAS, an independent, not industry related, validated provider of education in foot and ankle surgery, provides us -clinicians- with the validation we need.
Furthermore, EFAS certification could open the door to get actively involved within EFAS, if such interest is present. It has certainly be a great pleasure for me to become later a member of the Education Committee and regularly meet and interact
with distinguished colleagues (faculty and delegates) during the EFAS events.
At the end of the day, it was a pleasant experience having to study to prepare for an exam again, also revising anatomy and basic science! This gave me the opportunity to reflect back to some basic knowledge which we intend to push towards the
back of our minds, and definitely gave me new insights in matters of everyday clinical practice, but also stimulated my interest in doing more relevant reading and set up research projects.
EFAS certification comes at a cost of course, and requires preparation and a degree of dedication. But in the end you are rewarded and this is an achievement that makes you proud of yourself.