About CPME

The Council on Podiatric Medical Education is an autonomous accrediting agency for podiatric medical education. Deriving its authority from the House of Delegates of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Council is empowered to develop and adopt standards and policies as necessary for the implementation of all aspects of its accreditation, approval, and recognition purview.

The council has final authority for the accreditation of colleges of podiatric medicine, the approval of fellowships and residency programs, and sponsors of continuing education, as well as the recognition of specialty certifying boards for podiatric medical practice.

Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Podiatric medicine is an exciting and challenging career that requires four years of medical education at an accredited college of podiatric medicine, followed by a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency.

Residency Programs

Conversion of residency programs to Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) is complete, effective July 1, 2013. The conversions occurred either through the regular on-site evaluation process, or, if the program was not scheduled for a visit during either the 2011–2012 or 2012–2013 training years, by the submission and formal review of information specific to several aspects of the new requirements.

The current shortage of podiatric residency positions has resulted in eligible graduates of podiatric medical colleges not matching with residencies. This situation is unacceptable to APMA and CPME, and we are working closely with every member of the profession to satisfy training needs. Learn more about CPME's efforts to increase residency positions.


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