Updates to CPME Policies and Procedures

April 2021

CPME 900, Bylaws:
The CPME Bylaws were revised and adopted at the April 24th Council meeting to address the  procedures concerning guests signing the conflict of interest and confidentiality statement, CPME elections, clarification of the administrator member on the Accreditation Committee, and creation of an appeals panel pool for college appeal processes.

An additional Bylaw revision was reviewed and approved, which is eligible for adoption at the fall meeting of the Council, to address adding the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB) as a standing committee of the Council per the recent APMA House of Delegates decision.

CPME Policies and Miscellaneous Documents:
Policy changes included clarifying the ad hoc committee procedures used by all Council committees.

October 2020

CPME 900, Bylaws:

  • Changed reference to conference calls to video/conference calls due to the frequent use of virtual platforms such as Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Concerning external committees: The CPME Bylaws did not include a process to be following for CPME representation on non-CPME/external committees. The Bylaws now state that the chair of the Council will be solely responsible for the appointment of representatives of CPME to any external (non-CPME) committees.
  • Adding within the Bylaws that CPME accepts both electronic and handwritten signatures. The Bylaws now state that all Council members, committee members, and public members must sign, either electronically or handwritten, the CPME conflict of interest and confidentiality policies statement annually.
  • Concerning the visitor policy, non-executive sessions of the Council and its committees may be attended by guests and/or observers who register in advance. Previously the Bylaws had stated the meetings were open to the public without any guidance as to what that might mean.
  • Added that the chair of an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee may be a Council member or a former Council member.

CPME 925, Complaint Procedures - References to administrative probation were removed as this category is either removed or in process of being removed from all CPME documents.

CPME 935a, Guidelines for the Conduct of Appeals by Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and CPME 935b, Guidelines for the Conduct of Appeals by Residencies, Fellowships, Providers of Continuing Education, and Specialty Boards - Language updated to align with the US Department of Education new regulations that went into effect July 1, 2020.

The Council approved the following for the conduct of virtual on-site evaluations for approved colleges of podiatric medicine:
CPME Virtual Site Visit Guidelines For Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
CPME Virtual Site Visit Policy
CPME Virtual Site Visit Guide

June 2020

CPME 330, Procedures for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies and CPME 830, Procedures for Approval of Podiatric Fellowships - Emergency addition to both documents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These additions allow a policy and procedure for on-site teams to conduct virtual site visits. This policy will be updated as needed by the Council.

May 2020

CPME 900, Bylaws - A change was made to the eligibility criteria for Council members: The requirement changed from having served on at least three CPME on-site evaluation teams to a college of podiatric medicine, residency programs, fellowship programs, or continuing education providers to having served on at least one CPME on‑site evaluation team to a college of podiatric medicine or three CPME on-site evaluation teams to residency programs, fellowship programs, or continuing education providers.

CPME 925, Complaint Procedures - The complaint procedures were updated to clarify that evidence of exhausting internal procedures do not have to be provided if the complainant can demonstrate that no internal procedures exists for a provider of continuing education only. (emphasis added)

October 2019

CPME 900, Bylaws - The CPME Bylaws were updated to clarify the e-ballot voting procedures.

CPME Policies and Miscellaneous Documents - The policies were updated to include the fellowship evaluation and program transfer fees and the policy on the use of the CPME logo.

April 2019

CPME 900, Bylaws - The CPME Bylaws were updated at the Council’s April 2019 meeting to address:

  • the length of terms for Accreditation Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Residency Review Committee, and Nominating Committee members;
  • the number of members on the Continuing Education Committee;
  • consistency with the CREC Bylaws language;
  • the voting procedure for election of the chair and vice-chair; and
  • nondiscrimination.

October 2018 

CPME 900, Bylaws - The CPME Bylaws were updated at the Council’s October 2018 meeting to address the recusal policy and voting by e-ballot.

April 2018

CPME 925, Complaint Procedures - During the April 2018 meeting, the Council adopted updates made to CPME 925, Complaint Procedures, to reflect the revised policy which allows for additional flexibility with processing complaints and to include mention of the fillable complaint form.