CPME 320 Revisions Underway: BIG Changes Ahead

Recently the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) released draft changes to its 320 document Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residencies. This document lays the foundation for institution and program standards and requirements for residency education and oversight. The Council is in the final stages of reviewing this important document and is requesting comments from the community of interest before they complete the editing process. They have communicated a request for comments to their draft to the community of interest: all comments are due to be submitted to CPME by February 15.

The Council recently hosted three Town Hall Meetings, allowing interested parties to ask questions and make comments regarding the draft edits. Understanding the gravity of this process, the ACFAS Board of Directors assigned a task force to review the draft edits, attend all Town Hall Meetings and recommend changes and comments to communicate to the Council.

The submitted comments and requested changes to CPME 320 by the College include the following items:

  • Standard 5.5, the role of faculty in didactic training: recommending the role be changed from “mandatory” to “recommended”. This allows flexibility in which faculty is providing the didactic teaching.
  • Standard 5.6, faculty must be represented by both ABFAS and ABPM certification: recommend this also be a recommendation and not mandatory. The task force believes that Board Qualified faculty could be as effective, and this opens the door for up and coming leaders and teachers to gain experience training residents.
  • Standard 6.2, requirements for resident logging: recommend residents should log both clinical and didactic activities.
  • Standard 6.7, protected time for didactic activities: recommend clarification on times of the year that are more challenging to schedule, i.e. major holidays, during CRIP interview week and graduation week.
  • Standard 7.3, in-training exams for both ABFAS and ABPM boards required in the third year of training: recommend changing this mandate to at least one of the boards taken in the third year. Residency programs should be allowed to make sure that the education is tailored in the best interest of the residents and their post residency plans rather than have a specific mandate for all residents at a specific time.
  • Appendix A – Volume and Diversity Requirements: requesting clarification regarding the wound care MAV requirement, when wound care is not a required rotation.
  • Appendix B – Surgical Code Procedures: requesting clarification regarding Wound Care as a separate category since it is not a required rotation, and also recommending moving it under category 6: Practice Based Procedures.
  • Appendix C – Milestones: recommend CPME utilize stronger language and to provide more guidance on moving the residency programs to a more standardized approach for evaluating and assessing each resident through the use of milestones.

Every individual within the community of interest has the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the draft re-write; please take this as your call to action to positively affect the foot and ankle surgical training that will shape our profession into the future. Take the time to visit CPME’s survey by the February 15 deadline and make your opinions known.

For more information on the entire CPME 320/330 documents re-write process, including the entire draft re-write documents, please visit the CPME website.

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