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 sponsors 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

At its October 2010 meeting, CPME formally established a single three-year residency—the podiatric medicine and surgery residency (PMSR). The PMSR replaces the current two-year and three-year residencies in podiatric medicine and surgery (PM&S-24 and PM&S-36). The implementation date was July 1, 2011. 

The current shortage of podiatric residency positions has resulted in qualified graduates of podiatric medical colleges not matching with residencies. This situation is unacceptable to APMA and CPME, and we are working closely with every member of the profession to satisfy training needs. Learn more about CPME's efforts to increase residency positions.


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