CPME's Efforts to Increase Residency Positions

The Council on Podiatric Medical Education, Residency Review Committee (RRC), and Council staff have focused significant attention on facilitating increases in positions in approved podiatric residencies and expediting the review and evaluation of programs that apply for provisional approval. CPME’s efforts are ongoing and have resulted in the following outcomes:

  • In 2009, CPME authorized 171 new positions in approved programs. Forty-eight of those positions were accepted.
  • In 2010–2011, CPME authorized 155 new positions in approved programs. Thirty-four of those positions were accepted.
  • In February 2013, CPME authorized 114 new positions in approved programs. Twenty of those positions were accepted.
Summary of 2013 Activities

In addition to the aforementioned increase effort, RRC approved requests for increases in positions from eight CPME-approved programs, resulting in a total of eight new positions.

Eight applications for provisional approval were evaluated and approved, resulting in an additional 15/15/15 positions.

Summary of 2014 Activities

RRC approved requests to increase positions from three CPME-approved programs, resulting in a total of three new positions

Seven applications for provisional approval were evaluated and approved, resulting in an additional 12/12/12 positions

Summary of 2015 Activities

RRC approved requests to increase positions from 10 CPME-approved programs, resulting in a total of seven new positions for the 2015–2016 training year and five new positions for the 2016–2017 training year

One application for provisional approval was evaluated and approved, resulting in an additional 2/2/2 positions

2016 Activities

The Council is working with four institutions to complete applications for PMSR and PMSR/RRA for a total of 6/6/6 positions.

  • RRC approved requests for increases in positions from two CPME-approved programs, resulting in a total of two new positions for the 2016–2017 training year.
  • Three institutions were determined eligible for provisional on-site evaluation for a total of 3/3/3 PMSR/RRA positions.
  • Council staff contacted 17 institutions with 19 programs with at least one inactive position (a total of 21 positions) during the current training year to remind them that positions may remain inactive for no more than two training years and to encourage them to activate the positions for the 2016–2017 training year. To date, 11 of the 19 programs have indicated they will reactivate their positions for the 2016–2017 training year and three of the 19 plan to reactivate their positions for the 2017–2018 training year.

CPME and RRC members and CPME staff are working on a daily basis with prospective and applicant programs to provide guidance at each step of the approval process:

  • Completion of the application
  • Responding to committee requests for follow-up information
  • Scheduling on-site visits in a timely manner

Recognizing the need for new residency positions and programs, the Council and RRC are committed to considering all applications in a rapid manner without compromising the quality of podiatric residency training.

As a reminder, the Council office, RRC, and the Council will not release or confirm the following information in any form:

  • The name or status of a sponsoring institution that has initiated contact with the Council office concerning an application for provisional approval, increase in positions, or reclassification of approved positions
  • The name or status of a sponsoring institution that has applied for provisional approval or an increase in positions but has not yet been apprised of a decision

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