Why does ABPM have an eight-year initial eligibility window?

The eight-year eligibility window specified in 19.1.1 allows a reasonable period following the completion of 3-year CPME approved podiatric medicine and surgery residency. The eight-year window exceeds that provided generally by our allopathic and osteopathic colleagues.

Additionally, ABPM’s policy allows those who have yet to obtain specialty certification from the other CPME-recognized certifying board an additional year to consider certification with ABPM and ensure their professional and economic viability. Both eligibility periods are comparable to those offered by our allopathic MD/DO colleagues, including the 24 distinct specialty certifying boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties umbrella.

More recently, ABPM’s Board of Directors has approved an additional 2-3 years due to the training and education impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, provided the candidate reaches out to ABPM to request extra time. Extra time is not approved simply by asking the question, but is only available on a case-by-case basis, only to those whose eligibility may have expired between 2020-2022.

Finally, the ABPM Board of Directors has determined that it cannot now elect to certify some practitioners who are presently outside of the eligibility window while others have been timed out of the process and were denied the opportunity to sit.

From ABMS Standards for Certification of Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine

GS-3. Each ABMS Member Board will determine criteria for eligibility, including the expiration date for the Board Eligible period. The expiration date must be no fewer than three and no more than seven years following the successful completion of accredited training, and in accordance with the corresponding Member Board requirements, plus time (if any) in practice required by the Member Board for admission to the certifying examination.

I finished my residency more than eight years ago and never sat for ABPM’s Board Certification Exam or the former Board Qualification exam, can I still get Board Certified?

Unfortunately, most of the podiatrists who fall into this category are no longer eligible to obtain Board Certification from ABPM. This is due to the confluence of several factors and determinations made both by the ABPM Board of Directors and the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) why recognizes and empowers certifying boards to conduct Board Certification.

CPME 220 regulates how recognized specialty certifying boards may conduct their certification procedures in section 5, stating:

5.2 The specialty board shall require candidates for certification to have successfully completed a minimum of three years of CPME-approved residency training.

This generally means that, presently, the Board can only certify only those podiatric physicians who have completed a 36-month CPME-approved Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR). This regulation was adopted and standardized in 2011 and both recognized certifying boards are required to comply.

The Board of Directors of ABPM has also adopted the following policy regarding Board Eligibility:

19.1 Board Eligibility – Candidates completing a CPME-approved residency program are considered Board Eligible at the conclusion of their final residency year.

19.1.1 Board Eligibility status is granted for a period up to eight (8) years, after which a candidate will no longer be permitted to sit for the examination process. If a candidate attempts certification within the eight (8) year period but does not achieve certification they will be granted an additional five (5) years of eligible status.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Board Headquarters at (310) 375-0700 or sarah@podiatryboard.org for official verification of their eligibility status.

How many MOC points do I need to complete each year to remain compliant?

Diplomates must complete a total of two points each year to remain compliant from the options listed on the Category 1 or Category 2 section located on their member dashboard.

If I hold a Lifetime Certificate (i.e., Certified In 1993 Or Prior) Am I required to enroll in the MOC Program?

No, Lifetime Diplomates are NOT required to enroll in the MOC program BUT:

What if I change my name?

Name changes in the system must be made by headquarters staff. Please notify ABPM Headquarters in writing (admin@ABPMed.org) for a name change. ABPM uses your full official name in its records. ABPM requires a copy of the legal document indicating the change (e.g. marriage certificate, naturalization papers, court order of name change, etc.) to be provided before any changes are made.

How do I keep my contact information current?

ABPM requires your current contact information, including your mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number. Please contact ABPM as soon as possible if any of your addresses change (mailing, email, etc.) as this is our primary means of communicating important information to you. You may update your address, phone number and e-mail online. Log into the ABPM Member Profile section and select “View or Update Member Profile.”

What if I am in an administrative position with limited or no patient contact. Does this exclude me from the MOC Program?

No, Diplomates in alternative practice circumstances (e.g. medical administrator, research based, teaching capacities) with little or no patient care activity are still able to meet the requirements of MOC.

Is anyone Exempt from re-certification?

Diplomates are exempt if they hold retired, inactive, or disabled status.

How do I recertify if MOC is not maintained?

If you are a time limited certificate holder you will be required to enter the MOC during your next recredentialing cycle.

If you were in the MOC and failed to complete the requirements your Diplomate status may be suspended or revoked and will have to contact HQ to begin the process of remediation.

Can my board status become revoked?

Yes, the Board of Directors shall have the authority to revoke a member for the following reasons:

  1. Failure to pay the annual registration dues and or MOC fees plus any late fee by the date indicated on the final notice.
  2. Conviction for an offense which causes the member’s license to practice podiatry to be revoked in any state.  Any of the following actions against a Diplomate’s medical license may be cause for loss of diplomate status:

1.      Involuntary suspension by any appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency.

2.      Revocation by any appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency; or

3.      Voluntary suspension due to negotiated settlement with any appropriate medical board and/or governmental agency for a violation of a statute or accepted medical standards.

  1. Failure to adhere to the requirements for re-evaluation as set forth in the “Re-evaluation of Diplomates” section of this document.
  2. Misrepresentation of facts, or evidence of providing false information, in connection with the application for certification or other related documents.
  3. Failure to adhere to the advertising guidelines as outlined in these policies.
  4. Failure to adhere to the Code of Ethics as adopted by the Board of Directors.

Items A, B andC are cause for immediate revocation of status without benefit of a hearing.  Items D, E and F are subject to revocation following a hearing.