American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine


Changes were made to the CPME 320 and 330 which became effective July 2011. One of the major changes was the creation of a single three-year categoryAll programs are scheduled to transition to the new model by 2013.


The podiatric medicine and surgery residency is a resource-based, competency-driven, assessment-validated program that consists of three years of postgraduate training in inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical management. The sponsoring institution provides training resources that facilitate the resident�s sequential and progressive achievement of specific competencies.

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency (PMSR)
A resident in PMSR is trained in the breadth of podiatric healthcare.  Completion of the residency leads to the following certification pathways -- the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM) and foot surgery of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS).  This program takes 36 � 48 months to complete.

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification (PMSR Cert)
Residencies that can provide a sufficient volume and diversity in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle (RRA) procedures may grant an added RRA credential. Completion of a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with the added credential leads to the RRA certification pathway of ABPS.


For further descriptions of these training programs, see under Residencies/Standards and Requirements for Approval of PMSR.  Look within the CPME: 320 Document under Section 6.0.