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.
Many podiatrists are searching for answers about how to address COVID-19 in their practices and personal lives. A wealth of information is available on APMA's COVID-19 resource page.
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.
CPME and COVID-19 Guidance to Colleges (April 24, 2021)
At the April 22–24, 2021, meetings, the Accreditation Committee and the Council on Podiatric Medicine determined that the bimonthly COVID-19 reports submitted by the colleges are no longer necessary and information concerning modifications made due to the pandemic will be captured within the college annual report.
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 Guidance on COVID-19 for Residency Education and Residents Graduating in 2022 (March 8, 2022)
Recognizing the continued impact COVID-19 is having on residency training programs, CPME has decreased the required MAVs (minimum activity volume) by 10 percent for all categories and waived the diversity requirements for residents graduating in 2022.
2021 Petition to the Residency Review Committee for Alternative Clinical Experiences (February 16, 2021)
Programs may submit this petition to provide alternative clinical experiences if a required rotation cannot be completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Petitions must be submitted no later than May 31, 2021.
Response to the Request of the NBPME Regarding the CSPE Examination (November 4, 2020)
At its October 2020 meeting, the Council reviewed the request made by the NBPME to “modify the requirement of passing the CSPE examination, which is part of the Part II examination, from prior to beginning a residency program to prior to completing a residency program.” The Council approved a recommendation made by the RRC that residency programs will not be cited with an area of noncompliance if they accept students entering residency training in 2021 who have not passed the NBPME Part II CSPE. The Council did not go so far as to state when students or residents should take the examination, as that is outside the purview of the Council.
Statement on the Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Residency Training (October 19, 2020)
After surveying program directors to assess the continued impact of COVID-19 on residency training programs, the Residency Review Committee determined that it is too early in the training year to make any recommendation related to modifications of requirements related to the minimum activity volume of procedures (MAVs) and required rotations. The Council plans to conduct another survey in January 2021 to determine the level to which the COVID crisis continues to impact residents’ abilities to meet MAV and rotation requirements.