By Melissa Lockwood, DPM

How the ABPM supports the APMA Vision 2015: Path to Parity

When I graduated from Podiatry school in 2005, there was a critical shift in residency training.  Prior to 2004/2005, there were up to seven different models for residency training, all focusing on different aspects of podiatric medicine and lengths of TIME to complete that training. In the past 11 years, times have certainly changed.  Fortunately, for you as residents, today’s 36 month training programs are comprehensive, consistent and incorporate both podiatric medicine and surgery.

The overall mission of Vision 2015 is to ensure that podiatrists are universally accepted and recognized as physicians consistent with their education, training, and experience. As a credentialing body, ABPM has worked hard to support this effort and is continually working to educate residents around the value of certifying in podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine with ABPM.  As a young practitioner, these are areas of podiatry you will use immediately in your daily practice of podiatry, and credentialing is often a prerequisite to obtaining insurance paneling and hospital privileges.   

As a young physician, you have so many opportunities ahead of you over the next few years.  By completing the most comprehensive training possible and certifying in the medicine and surgery boards, you will have an advantage that none of your predecessors ever could have dreamed of – the possibility of parity within the medical community and beyond.

Vision 2015 Objectives (from APMA Website)

  1. Evaluate and ensure that the outcomes of podiatric medical education are comparable to that of allopathic and osteopathic physicians.
  2. Demonstrate to the entire health care community that the education, training, and experience of a podiatric physician are comparable to that of allopathic and osteopathic physicians.
  3. Obtain state and federal government recognition that podiatrists are physicians.
  4. Market and promote podiatrists as physicians.
  5. Attract high quality applicants to colleges of podiatric medicine and thereby to the profession