Many prospective and existing diplomates have asked about the revised process for the Certification examination and how the examination is constructed. As Chairperson of the Certification Examination Committee (CEC), I would like to brief our membership on the current state of the process.
The CEC committee meets approximately three times each year. At these meetings, potential cases, often as many as twenty are reviewed as candidates to be presented in the new, computer based format. However, since not every case vignette lends itself to the new format, each prospect is vetted by the committee for content (i.e. Medicine or Orthopedics), relevance (i.e. is this esoteric trivia or pertinent to the practice of podiatry), level of difficulty (i.e. something a diplomate would be expected to know), and feasibility (i.e. can this case be used in the computer based format). About ten of the reviewed cases are ultimately selected as possible candidate questions. Click here to read more »