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Residency Review Committee (RRC)

The Residency Review Committee (RRC) is responsible for determining eligibility of applicant institutions for initial on-site evaluation, authorizing increases in or reclassification of residency positions, and recommending to the Council approval of residency programs. The RRC reviews reports of on-site evaluations, progress reports, and other requested information submitted by sponsoring institutions. The RRC may modify its own policies and/or recommend to the appropriate ad hoc committee modifications in standards, requirements, and procedures for residency program evaluation and approval.

Composition of the RRC includes two representatives each from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM), one representative from the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, one representative from residency programs at large (selected by the Council), and at least two Council members.

The RRC meets prior to each of the semiannual meetings of the Council. Under special circumstances, email ballots or conference calls may be used for residency approval decisions.

During discussions about the approval status of individual residencies, any RRC member who is affiliated with the institution under consideration in a governance, administrative, staff, or faculty capacity must recuse himself or herself from the deliberations. Members of RRC who served on the most recent residency evaluation team are required to recuse themselves from voting until the Council has determined a final approval action.

All requests and submissions from residency programs to the RRC must be made using the CPME Portal.

Residency Review Committee Members

Steven Vyce, DPM (Chair) (CPME member)
Program Director
Yale-New Haven Medical Center
New Haven, CT

Kimberly Bobbitt, DPM (Council of Teaching Hospitals representative)
Program Director
Hennepin Healthcare
Minneapolis, MN

Keith Cook, DPM (CPME member)
Director, Podiatry Department
University Hospital
Newark, NJ

Danae Lowell, DPM (At large member)
Site Director, Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
COTH Chair, Podiatric Council on Teaching Hospital
Board President, Podiatric Residency Resource
Hiram, OH

Frederick Mechanik, DPM (American Board of Podiatric Medicine representative)
Private Practitioner
Fountain, CO

Aksone Nouvong, DPM (American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery representative)
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chief, Department of Podiatric Surgery, DVA Greater Los Angeles

Bryan J. Roth, DPM (At large member)
Program Director
Creighton University School of Medicine – Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 

James Sang, DPM (American Board of Podiatric Medicine representative)
Private Practitioner
Boston, MA

Harry Schneider, DPM (CPME member)
Program Director
Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA

Michael Vaardahl, DPM (American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery)
Program Director
North Colorado Medical Center
Greeley, CO

RRC staff
Nancy Chouinard, CPME Associate Director
Bertus Tempelhoff, CPME Assistant Director