Position Statement

Uniform Licensure for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine

Approved by the ACFAS Board of Directors, February 2020

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The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) represents over 7,700 board- certified or qualified podiatric foot and ankle surgeons. ACFAS advocates that each state and territory should have one uniform license for all Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and not be bifurcated along the lines of board certification.

Licensure signals to the public the safe, entry-level competence of a practitioner entering into practice. Licensure in any healthcare field is not permission to practice beyond competency. Healthcare institutions are charged with the credentialing and privileging of providers who demonstrate competency in specific areas of practice. This process is not related to licensure. It also differs from legislative authority regarding scopes of practice and the rulemaking authority granted to boards of podiatric medicine or other sanctioned regulatory bodies.

The standard for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, as with all healthcare providers, is one uniform license.