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 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.
CPME continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and guidance/updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other sources. CPME believes the most responsible course of action to protect the health and well-being of committee members, evaluators, and CPME staff is to cancel in-person meetings and conduct them virtually. All on-site visits scheduled for the spring 2021 cycle will be conducted virtually.
Prior to adoption, all Council policies, procedures, standards, and requirements are disseminated widely in order to obtain information regarding how the Council’s community of interest may be affected. The call for comment period on the draft I I revisions of CPME publications 320 and 330 has closed. Following a review of the comments from the community of interest, the proposed revisions to CPME publications 320 and 330 will be considered for final adoption by the Council during its April 2021 meeting.
The Council has approved a continuing education policies document. This document will be used to address questions that require clarification or interpretation between document reviews and revisions. The policies document will also be used to expand the definition of educational content, thus expanding the list of acceptable educational activities.
February 16, 2021 - Official Notice: Updated CPME Guidance on COVID-19 for Residency Education and Residents Graduating in 2021.
Recognizing the continued impact COVID-19 is having on residency training programs, CPME has decreased the required MAVs (minimum activity volume) by 15 percent for all categories and waived the diversity requirements for residents graduating in 2021.
Please see the attached memos for specifics about this temporary policy, along with a petition to allow programs the flexibility to provide alternative clinical experiences if a required rotation cannot be completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents must meet the reduced MAVs in all categories in order to receive a certificate of completion. Programs that need to extend a resident’s training in order for a resident to attain the reduced MAVs should contact CPME no later than May 31, 2021.
CPME 320 and CPME 330 Draft I Revisions
Prior to adoption, all Council policies, procedures, standards, and requirements are disseminated widely in order to obtain information regarding how the Council’s community of interest may be affected. The call for comment period on draft I revisions of CPME publications 320 and 330 has closed. Following a review of the comments from the community of interest, the proposed revisions to CPME publications 320 and 330 will be considered for final adoption by the Council during its April 2021 meeting.
Updates to CPME Documents
At its October 2020 meeting, CPME adopted changes to CPME 900, Bylaws, CPME 925, Complaint Procedures, CPME 935a, Guidelines for the Conduct of Appeals by Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, CPME 935b, and Guidelines for the Conduct of Appeals by Residencies, Fellowships, Providers of Continuing Education, and Specialty Boards. CPME approved the CPME Virtual Site Visit Guidelines For Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, CPME Virtual Site Visit Policy, and CPME Virtual Site Visit Guide for the conduct of virtual on-site evaluations for approved colleges of podiatric medicine. More information about these changes can be found on the Updates to CPME Policies and Procedures page.
February 20, 2021
Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards
March 5-6, 2021
Continuing Education Committee
March 6, 2021
Residency Evaluator Training
March 19-20, 2021
Residency Review Committee
Report of the Council