About CPME

The Council on Podiatric Medical Education is an autonomous accrediting agency for podiatric medical education. Deriving its authority from the House of Delegates of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Council is empowered to develop and adopt standards and policies as necessary for the implementation of all aspects of its accreditation, approval, and recognition purview.

The Council has final authority for the accreditation of colleges of podiatric medicine, the approval of fellowships and residency programs, and providers of continuing education, as well as the recognition of specialty certifying boards for podiatric medical practice.

Colleges of Podiatric Medicine


Podiatric medicine is an exciting and challenging career that requires four years of medical education at an accredited college of podiatric medicine, followed by a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency.

Residency Programs

The Council on Podiatric Medical Education approves residency programs in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with or without the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (PMSR and PMSR/RRA). Learn more about approval information for residencies.

The Residency Review Committee and the Council have proposed revisions to CPME 320, Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies, and CPME 330, Procedures for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies as part of the interim review process. Learn more about the process and proposed revisions.

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