Top 3 reasons to get board certified with ABPM

Some of the top 3 reasons to get board certified with ABPM include:

  • Access: 80% of the podiatric work in private practice is medicine. Even if you decide later to become certified with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS), you will have distinguished yourself early with the ABPM board certification in podiatric orthopedics and podiatric medicine. This is especially important when obtaining hospital privileges and becoming recognized on insurance panels.
  • Professionalism: ABPM is the only specialty board recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB) of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education under the authority of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) to conduct a certification process in Podiatric Orthopedics and Podiatric Medicine.
  • Speed: Residents today, completing a three-year residency program can move quickly from board qualification to board certification, by-passing the traditional case-gathering process. Often this means physicians are able to become an ABPM certified podiatrist the year in which they complete their residency. Many residents elect to dual board with the American Board of Food and Ankle Surgery which can take up to seven years depending on types of cases seen in practice.

Sign up online for the Qualification or Certification Exam by March 14!

Practice Management Pearl

By Melissa Lockwood, DPM

Thinking ahead…

It’s important to think ahead and remember this practice management tip while you are in residency.  We all realize this fact, yet so many of us do not take full advantage of the three years we are working through our programs.  Make sure to connect with your attending physicians OUTSIDE the operating room – if you are not already rotating with them in their private offices. Remember, over 80% of what you will do every day in podiatric medicine won’t happen in an OR!  Make sure you ask to visit and learn as much as you can about procedures, protocols, billing, coding, and so much more!  This a great time for you to see what the future holds!  Take full advantage!!



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