Can I obtain MOC Category 1 points for taking a board examination?


Upon becoming board certification from ABPM, you will automatically receive 2 points the following cycle, and will fulfill the Cognitive Expertise section of the MOC requirements.

For all other board certifications received, a certificate or letter showing board status, must be uploaded to the dashboard for review. 

Note: You will only recieve Category 1 points within 12 months of acheiving board status from any of the approved entities.

Does board certification have an expiration date?

Certificates are time-limited to 10 years. Re-credentialing occurs on a 10-year cycle through the MOC program.

What is a lifetime membership?

As of 2007, the Self-Assessment is required of active Diplomates, regardless of age, who hold “Lifetime” certificates (certificates issued prior to 1994) and who are in their 10th year of their re-credentialing cycle.

As of 2011, Lifetime certificate holders may continue to re-credential through the self-assessment examination or may elect to enter the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

What to do when status is revoked?

Please refer to the ABPM Policy Manual under the memers tab of the ABPM website regarding suspension, revocation and process for appeal.

How do I log in to the Dashboard

You may log in to the Dashboard on the ABPM website under the members tab using your member ID as the user name. For security purposes, you are able to reset or create a new password by clicking “forgot password”. An e-mail will be sent to you with instructions on resetting your password and is encrypted in the ABPM database so no one else has access to it. Headquarters staff no longer has access to passwords.

How do I file a complaint?

You may contact board headquarters at (310) 375-0700 or send e-mail to You may also access all Board of Directors and staff e-mail on our website under the about us tab.

What areas does ABPM Board Certification Exam test in?

The following subject areas are tested to determine Board Certified status, along with their approximate proportional representation in the Certification examination.include the blueprint.

Categories may include topics from the blueprint with special considerations in pediatric and geriatric patients. Both local and systemic manifestations of relevant podiatric pathology are assessed.

The Didactic portion, or multiple choice section, is primarily designed to assess a candidate’s breadth of knowledge. The Didactic portion of the examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Each question is followed by four or more responses, of which there is a single best response available. Key words in the question stem, such as most, least, only, or except are highlighted to facilitate comprehension. There are no questions with responses such as: all of the above; none of the above; or combined responses, e.g. A and C.

The Case Review Section of the Examination consists of a variety of separate clinical scenarios that need to be worked through by the candidate. The clinical scenarios and related questions may involve any of the areas listed in the subjects listed above. Candidates are provided with patient and clinical information from which to work through the case. Each segment of the question is assigned specific scoring criteria, such as an appropriate history and physical examination, requesting appropriate additional laboratory and/or imaging studies, making the proper diagnosis, determining the appropriate treatment plan, etc. The particular scoring requirements of each case vary based on the presented information.

How do I obtain a receipt for exam or dues?

Receipts are generated electronically and copies can also be located on the ABPM members dashboard under “email messages” on the left panel of the dashboard.

What are the status’ of members?

The definitions of membership status are as follows:

1.  Active:      Engaged in, and deriving income from, the profession of podiatric medicine

        a. Traditional – actively involved in direct patient care

        b. Atypical – A Diplomate whose career path is atypical (e.g. largely or exclusively administration, education, etc.) and does not meet the criteria for another status.

2. Disabled: Disabled as defined herein means that the member can adequately document a medical disability that precludes their ability to temporarily practice the profession of podiatry for a period not to exceed one year.

3.  Retired/Inactive: A member no longer engaged in clinical practice who derives no income from podiatric medicine or can document permanent disability.

4. Suspended: A member who has failed to pay annual re-registration fees by the prescribed deadline

Do I have to pay dues when I retire?

The Board of Directors shall establish the annual re-registration fee.  Such fee shall be due and payable by February 1st of each calendar year. Annual re-registration fees are due postmarked within 60 days of the date appearing on the first notice. Payments received after that date will incur a late fee determined by the Board.

A.    With the exception of individuals noted in section B, an annual re-registration fee (dues payment) is required of all active members, including Founders and Emeritus-Diplomates with 25 or more years of membership are subject to a 50% reduction of their annual re-registration fee.  Diplomates granted Emeritus status prior to 2007 are exempt from re-registration fees.

B.       A Diplomate who:

          a.      has completely retired from active practice, or

          b.      who is not actively deriving any portion of their income from the profession of podiatry

shall not be required to pay re-registration fees but shall continue to be considered a Diplomate.  A Diplomate must provide appropriate verification of retirement, inactivity, or disability, to the Board of Directors for their review and approval, following the rules of retirement or life membership qualification of the APMA. Diplomates who are disabled or inactive in podiatry must provide verification of such status to the board on an annual basis.