As we watch the growing number of affected individuals with COVID-19 with great trepidation, the strain on businesses and health-care professionals is increasing daily.
Our small office of dedicated staff has everyone’s safety and well-being at the forefront of our concerns. In an effort to lessen the administrative burdens on all candidates and diplomates as much as possible, without overwhelming our already strained staff, we have implemented the following changes at the ABU:
For those diplomates recertifying this year and unable to delay a year, log submission timeline has been extended. We have already received a significant number of log submissions but realize that some have had some difficulties getting the information together with the ongoing strains to the healthcare system. Our office is also extremely challenged at this time trying to meet your needs and work remotely and process hundreds of logs and applications. Toward that end we would ask that you try to meet the deadline of April 15th if possible but have extended the deadline to submit to May 15th for this cycle.
Annual Certificate Fees (ACF)
Additional changes to relieve stress and financial burden include extending the date for payment of ACFs from April 1st to July 1st, with no late fee penalty. The ABU is transitioning immediately to digital payment via credit card for the ACF. After April 1, the ABU will accept ACF payment by credit card only. Multi-physician payments can be completed in a single transaction by calling the Board office. This shift is only temporary. Additionally, the $5 credit card processing fee has been waived.
Speaking for all of us at the ABU, we hope that these changes relieve some stress during these difficult times allowing you more time to concentrate on yourselves, your families and your patients. Our office will continue to monitor this crisis and adjust as necessary, and we remain available to help you in any way possible.
Wishing you all good health,
J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, FACS