CPME 720 and 730 Revisions in Progress

On a regularly scheduled basis, the Council on Podiatric Medical Education reviews and, when appropriate, revises the requirements and procedures associated with various evaluation activities. The Council has initiated a review of publications related to continuing education evaluation and approval: 

  • CPME 720, Standards and Requirements for Approval of Providers of Continuing Education in Podiatric Medicine
  • CPME 730, Procedures for Approval of Providers of Continuing Education in Podiatric Medicine

The Council and its Ad Hoc Committee will be guided by the following principles in revising the continuing education documents:  

  • Leadership. The Council will provide thoughtful leadership in formulating issues related to the standards and procedures revision process; developing needed tools and strategies to sustain the value of quality document revision that will lead to advancing podiatric postgraduate education.
  • Best Practices. The Council will look to and formulate its process in keeping with recognized best practices of other accrediting/approval agencies.
  • Inclusion. The Council will sustain an environment of active consultation with the larger podiatric medical education community and participating organizations, as well as encourage cooperation and information exchange throughout the podiatric education community.
  • Independence. The Council will be an autonomous and informed voice for strengthening the standards for approval of podiatric continuing education providers. 

Continuing Education Ad Hoc Advisory Committee

The Council has appointed an ad hoc advisory committee comprised of representatives of the community of interest related to postdoctoral podiatric medical education. The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee members broadly represent the communities of interest related to continuing education and have been selected with the belief that they will provide thoughtful analysis and insight into the needed evolution of continuing education, in coordination with the goals and the interests of the profession.

The Council has appointed the following individuals to the Committee: 

Oleg Petrov, DPM (Chair), Chicago, ILDirector of Continuing Education, Ascension Saint Joseph – Chicago; residency director, Ascension Saint Joseph – Chicago; residency evaluator; college evaluator; former CPME member, chair and vice-chair, former Nominating Committee member and chair; former Continuing Education Committee (CEC) chair

Lara Beer-Caulfield, Camp Hill, PA – Director of Continuing Education, William L. Goldfarb Foundation; former CEC member, former Continuing Education Ad Hoc Committee member

Michael Brody, DPM, Commack, NY – Director of Continuing Education, CMEonline

Lori DeBlasi, DPM, Fort Myers, FL – Associate Physician, Family Foot and Leg Center, PA; college evaluator; residency evaluator; former CPME chair, vice chair, and member; former Nominating Committee member; former Ad Hoc Appeals Committee member; former College Ad Hoc Committee member; former RRC member; former CEC chair and member; former Continuing Education Ad Hoc Committee chair and member

Vanessa Gray, Des Moines, IA – Director of Continuing Education, Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery; former CEC member; former Continuing Education Ad Hoc Committee member

Jay LeBow, DPM, Baltimore, MDsports medicine specialist, Baltimore Orioles/Major League Baseball; podiatric medical consultant, Under Armour footwear; consultant, Food and Drug Administration 

Rachel Miller,
Owings Mills, MD – former Director of Continuing Education, Data Trace Publishing Company; former CEC member

Rodney Peele, JD, Bethesda, MD – Executive Director, American Optometric Association Health Policy Institute; CEC chair; CPME member 


The initial meeting of the Continuing Education Ad Hoc Advisory Committee took place on September 17, 2022.

Future Meetings

The Committee will conduct meetings on:

  • January 12, 2023—virtual meeting
  • March 5, 2023—in-person meeting