About Residents

About Residents


ABPM offers podiatric physicians a comprehensive certification process in podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine. ABPM also provides comprehensive In-training examinations to residents for self-assessment, and as study and reference material in preparing to sit for Board Certification. Please see the In-training Examination page for further details.

Why Certify with ABPM
New practicing podiatric physicians can attain Board Certification with ABPM shortly after completing residency, often within the same year!

ABPM-certified podiatric physicians:

  • Increase their marketability
  • Credential themselves for hospitals and third party payors
  • Establish their expertise in the comprehensive care podiatrists perform every day – 80% according to APMA.
  • Join a community with a commitment to excellence.
  • ABPM is the only board recognized by the Specialty Board Recognition Committee (SBRC), under the authority of the American Podiatric Medical Association to certify in podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine.
Eligibility Requirements:
Physicians who have completed a CPME accredited three-year residency training sequence (see below) are granted Board Eligible status for 8 years following the completion their residency program and may sit for the Board Certification Exam only at the conclusion of their final residency year.
  • An additional 5 years of eligibility will be granted if certification is attempted but not achieved in the first 8 years. Candidates in this group must pass the single certification exam which is comprised of the didactic and case based sections.
36 Month CPME Approved Residency Training Programs
  • PM&S-24 & PPMR
  • PM&S-24 & POR
  • PM&S-24 & PSR
  • PM&S-36
  • PMSR

For candidates who completed 36 months of eligible residency training prior to 2015: Candidates who attempted board certification after 2012 and did not obtain Board Certification status will have access to the certification process through 2023 but must apply and pass both parts1 and 2 in the same examination year.

For candidates who completed 24 months of eligible residency training: Beginning in 2019 all applicants must have 3 years of approved residency training to be eligible to sit for the examinations.