ABPOPPM 2011 Exam Materials Available Now
All candidates and diplomates applying for Board Qualification should read and become fully aware of the information contained in our
"2011 Examination Information and Requirements Booklet"
before proceeding. To view the brochure online, please follow the link below:
2011 Examination Information and Requirements Booklet (Online PDF)
Who Must Re-Certify or Self-Assess
All active Diplomates must meet the re-evaluation requirement, including Founders and Emeritus, with the following exceptions:
Diplomates who have already attained 60 years of age (including Founders and Emeritus) by 2006 remain exempt from the 10-year re-credentialing requirement
Diplomates who are Retired are exempt from the requirement
Diplomates who can document permanent disability from the ability to practice the profession of podiatry are exempt from the re-evaluative process.
Diplomates who are disabled or are inactive may have the re-evaluation requirement extended based upon appeal to the Board of Directors.
Effective in 2007 self-assessment was required of active Diplomates, regardless of age, who hold lifetime certificates and who are in the 10th year of their re-credentialing cycle.
Categories For Re-Evaluation
A. Mandatory Re-Certification:
Certificates issued by the ABPOPPM in 1994 and thereafter are time-limited and are valid for 10 years from the time of issue. Diplomates previously holding time-limited certificates in both primary podiatric medicine and podiatric orthopedics, who achieved Diplomate status in each in the same examination year, are given an additional 10-year credit for having previously certified in the second specialty. Their mandatory re-certification date will therefore be 20 years from the date they received their initial certification. Thereafter they must meet the re-evaluation requirement every 10 years.
Re-Certification requires the successful submission of case documents for evaluation by committee. Documents must be submitted in the 8th or 9th year from prior certification. Diplomates who fail the case documentation process in their 9th year must undergo a case defense process in their 10th year*. Diplomates who decline or fail the case defense process in their 10th year will be revoked.
*This constitutes a change in Board policy. Therefore, Diplomates applying in 2009 who are in their 9th or 10th years from prior certification will be governed by the prior policy. Diplomates are advised to check with Headquarters staff for further information.
As the Board modified its policy in 2008, Diplomates in a "transitional" circumstance from prior to current policy who had not submitted cases in 2008 or 2009 will still be given the opportunity for case defense in 2011.
This is an oral interview process in which the Diplomate is required to discuss aspects of evaluation and management with a committee of other Diplomates from a list of cases they will submit in 2011.
Failure to complete and pass this process will result in the loss of Diplomate status.
Re-Certification Process is a Case Documentation Review process, which involves submitting 8 cases on disc(s) or binder(s). It is not a written or oral examination. The diplomate initially lists 36 cases from among 16 listed subject areas, from which the Case Documentation Review Committee chooses the 8 cases requiring full documentation. A minimum of 4 subject areas must be chosen, but the Diplomate may choose as many as all 16 from which to list their cases.
B. Self-Assessment and Voluntary Re-Certification:
Diplomates holding lifetime certificates (certificates issued prior to 1994) with or without a concurrent time-limited certificate must re-credential every 10 years. Re-credentialing may be accomplished through the self-assessment examination or voluntary re-certification. Lifetime certificate holders who voluntarily re-certify retain their right to meet future re-credentialing requirements through Self-Assessment Examinations and are not obligated to re-certify. Lifetime certificate holders who attempt re-certification as set forth in category A on a voluntary basis, and fail, are given credit for having self-assessed. Lifetime certificate holders who fail to meet the re-credentialing requirement via self-assessment or re-certification by the 10th year are revoked.
Note: The self-assessment process is not the same as re-certification
and may not fulfill third party re-credentialing requirements (e.g. hospitals or managed care companies). We strongly advise you to review your third party contracts carefully. ABPOPPM headquarters is mandated to inform inquiring third party credentialing organizations seeking verification of a Diplomate's status of the method by which the Diplomate has been re-evaluated (re-certification versus self-assessment).
consists of 100 written questions in a variety of short answer formats, e.g. multiple choice, matching, etc. Candidates will receive their examination questions and answer form through the mail. The answer form is to be returned to board headquarters. Diplomates will receive individual reports of their performance by mail within 8 weeks following the examination, as well as aggregate data for the group tested that year.
The Board of Directors does not penalize Diplomates who elect to complete the re-credentialing requirement early. For example, a Diplomate who self-assesses or re-certifies during the eighth year following their prior credentialing (or re-credentialing) would then be required to re-credential twelve years later rather than ten.
The date and location of the interview process will be determined by the committee and communicated to the Diplomate in writing. The suspended Diplomate will need to travel to a location specified by the Board. The CD or Binder(s) will be returned to the Diplomate in advance of the interview process for their review.
Materials Required for Re-Certification:
Re-Certification documents are available here for viewing online with Adobe Reader (please see the Acrobat download link below):
2011 Examination Information and Requirements Booklet (Online PDF)
2011 Form 106 and Guideline (Online PDF)
2011 Case Summary Index Form 112 and Instructions (Online PDF)
2011 Form 121 (Online PDF)
2009 Case Documentation Seminar Application (Online PDF)
The four documents required for Re-Certification are also available for download, archived in a single file packet for your convenience. Click here to go to our
then click on the "Re-Certification Packet" link.
Contact ACFAOM Headquarters at (800) 265-8263 or visit their website at
for information regarding dates and locations of the 2011 Case Documentation Workshop.
Materials Required for Self-Assessment:
Self-Assessment documents are available here for viewing online with Adobe Reader (please see the Acrobat download link below):
2011 Examination Information And Requirements Booklet (Online PDF)
2011 Form 105 and Guideline (Online PDF)
2011 Study Guide (Online PDF)
The two documents required for Self-Assessment are also available for download, archived in a single file packet for your convenience. Click here to go to our
then click on the "Self-Assessment Packet" link.
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