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. Most importantly, CPME wants to ensure that the health and safety of our students, residents, fellows, faculty, staff, learners, and patients are at the forefront of any decisions made. CPME is here to help with the most up-to-date notices in regard to colleges of podiatric medicine, residencies and fellowships, and continuing education.
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CPME Guidance Statements and Related Documents
Review guidance from the CPME to colleges of podiatric medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery residencies and fellowships, and continuing education providers. These are updated as they are developed.
Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
CPME and COVID-19 Guidance to Colleges (June 29, 2020)
This guidance document provides a reporting mechanism for colleges to use to allow CPME, in its role as accreditor, to gather information concerning any modifications made to the curriculum or programming, to ensure the continued quality of education provided to students.
- CPME and COVID-19 Guidance to Colleges (May 5, 2020)
This guidance document provides updates to colleges to encourage innovative methods to deliver the curriculum and externship experiences as well as to inform the colleges of reporting mechanisms that have been created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CPME and COVID-19 Guidance to Colleges (March 14, 2020)
This is the initial guidance document that details CPME’s expectation of colleges as it relates to providing flexibilities concerning didactic coursework and clinical rotations while taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of students, fellows, residents, and program faculty and staff.
Residencies and Fellowships
- CPME and COVID-19 Statement about Resident and Fellow Employment (May 12, 2020)
CPME understands that each Institution is facing unique challenges in this unprecedented time that have caused undue strain on health systems, resulting in a reduction of patient care and revenue and subsequent furlough of staff. However, furloughs of residents or fellows are unacceptable to the CPME. While institutions may face the need to furlough a portion of staff, these actions must not affect the institution’s commitment and obligation to provide continuity of training to residents and fellows.
- COVID-19 Petition to the RRC (May 4, 2020)
This document is the petition form to be utilized by programs for all residents who require prior approval to receive completion certificates due to inability to meet reduced MAVs and/or rotational requirements.
- COVID-19 and Residency Requirements and MAVs (March 30, 2020)
Recognizing the impact COVID-19 is having on residency training programs, including cancelled rotations, decreased office visits, postponed elective surgeries, and temporary closures in affiliate surgery centers, CPME decided that immediate action should be taken to address the challenges facing graduating residents. This action includes notice of temporary decrease of the required MAVs (minimum activity volume) by 15% for all categories, allowing substitution of excess volume in some surgical categories to be utilized to supplement lower volume in categories 1-3, and waive the diversity requirements for residents completing training in 2020.
Additionally, this document outlines the steps needed to petition the Residency Review Committee to allow residents who are not meeting MAV and/or rotational requirements despite the reduction of MAVs.
- CPME and COVID-19 Guidance to Residency and Fellowship Education (March 16, 2020)
This is the initial guidance document that details CPME’s expectation of institutions sponsoring residency and fellowship programs as it related to providing the training while taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of students, fellows, residents, and program faculty and staff.
Joint CPME/AACPM Guidance
- CPME/AACPM and COVID-19 (June 15, 2020)
To preserve the critical clerkship experiences and the benefit of a national residency interview event, the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) and the Council on Podiatric Medical Education have created recommendations for podiatric schools, students, program directors, and sponsoring health-care institutions. These recommendations are intended as a framework to promote consistency in approach to podiatric clerkship rotations for the remainder of 2020 and into the 2021 academic year, as well as a contingency plan if in-person interviews for the 2020–2021 residency cycle are not feasible.