Call for Comments - Fall 2021 Residency Evaluations

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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 fall 2021 cycle will be conducted virtually.

Residency Ad Hoc Advisory Committee

At its April 2021 meeting, the Council reviewed all comments and survey responses received concerning the rewrite of CPME publications 320 and 330. The Council determined that due to the number and nature of the comments received, the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee will be reconvened to continue revisions on CPME 320 and 330. Further information can be found here.

Continuing Education Policies Document

The continuing education policies 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. 


Call for Third-Party Comments – CPME 120, CPME 130, CPME 935a, CPME 935b 
The Council incorporated changes to its’ documents due to the Department of Education engaging in negotiated rulemaking around several issues and finalized revisions to the regulations in July 2020. Per the Council procedures, these documents will be open for comment from the community of interest. Please submit third party comments by August 20, 2021, to Heather Stagliano, Director, Council on Podiatric Medical Education. The full notice can be read here.

Updated CPME Guidance on COVID-19 for Residency Education and Residents Graduating in 2021. 
CPME has decreased the required MAVs 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.

CPME 320 and CPME 330 
The Council elected to continue revisions on the CPME 320 and CPME 330. Residency programs should continue to follow the current documents for the 2021-2022 training year. Further information can be found here.

Updates to CPME Documents 
Changes to the CPME 900, Bylaws CPME Policies and Miscellaneous Document were adopted at the April 2021 Council meeting. Details on these changes can be found on the Updates to CPME Policies and Procedures page.


September 10-11, 2021
Continuing Education Committee
Bethesda, MD

September 24-25, 2021
Residency Review Committee
Bethesda, MD

September 26-27, 2021
Residency Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
Bethesda, MD

October 13, 2021
Accreditation Committee
Phoenix, AZ

October 14, 2021
Executive Committee
Phoenix, AZ

October 15-16, 2021
Council on Podiatric Medical Education
Phoenix, AZ

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