The Council provides opportunity for individuals or organizations to submit written comments concerning an institution’s qualifications for provisional or continued approval. The Council publishes notices in the APMA News and on its website regarding its plans to conduct either a focused evaluation or a comprehensive evaluation of an institution that seeks provisional approval or continuation of approval. The notice indicates the deadline for receipt of third-party comments.
The Council on Podiatric Medical Education has begun a major review and revision of the standards and procedures for accrediting colleges of podiatric medicine. The current standards and procedures were adopted in 2009 following a two-year process of review and revision.
Provisionally Approved: This status indicates a residency has completed an initial on-site evaluation and has been approved to accept residents.
Eligible: This status indicates the institution appears to be developing a residency that has the potential for meeting the standards and requirements for approval by CPME. These programs may not accept residents until provisional approval has been granted.
The primary purpose of approval is to promote and ensure high-quality education and continuous improvement in educational programs. Approval also ensures the quality of continuing education programs to the public, the podiatric medical profession, and the state boards for examination and licensure.
DOE Recognition - The Council on Podiatric Medical Education completed its regularly scheduled review by the US Department of Education (DOE). The Council submitted its petition for continued recognition in June 2016 describing compliance with DOE's Criteria for Recognition. On February 23, Drs. Michael Trepal, CPME vice chair and Kieran Mahan, CPME Accreditation Committee chair, appeared before the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) to provide testimony and to answer any questions posed by the committee members. The committee voted unanimously to recommend to the US Secretary of Education that CPME recognition be continued for five years, the maximum allowed, with no progress report required. NACIQI members congratulated the Council on developing a "model accrediting agency" and praised CPME on its approach to student achievement and the transparency of the profession related to student outcomes.
Self-Study - On a periodic basis, the Council conducts a self-study process to review its mission, goals, purpose, and objectives. The Council's most recent self-study occurred during a full-day session in April 2017. In preparation for the self-study, Council staff collected information from the Council's community of interest concerning the effectiveness of the agency.
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
September 14-16, 2017
Residency Review Committee
APMA Headquarters, Bethesda, MD
September 16, 2017
Continuing Education Committee
Marriott Suites, Bethesda, MD
October 11-14, 2017
Council on Podiatric Medical Education
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas, VI