The ABPM conducts several “Why Certify with ABPM” presentations each year with students and residents explaining the importance and value of ABPM Certification.

“Understanding the details around Board Certification is important.  We try to clarify for students and residents what to expect in the exam process, the value of ABPM Certification and the best way to prepare for certification,” explained Dr. Marc Benard, Executive Director, ABPM.

The presentation highlights many key reasons new practitioners need certification including:

1)      The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommends certification:  “Certification is an earned credential for those podiatric physicians who have achieved certain levels of skill and ability based on completing specific advanced training and clinical experience and examination.”

2)      ABPM certifies in the care most podiatrist provide every day.   According to APMA, podiatric medicine comprises 80% of a podiatric practice.  The presentation also provides case studies comparing data around medical and surgical reimbursement models and the importance of understanding the numbers in setting up a practice.

3)      Hospitals typically require Board Certification to obtain privileges.

4)      Insurance panels typically require Board Certification to become paneled.

5)      Board certification is a way to achieve your professional goals, validate your expertise, improve your marketability, increase your earnings and join an organization that provides industry visibility and long lasting career value.

6)      ABPM is the only board recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards under the authority of the APMA to certify in podiatric orthopedics and podiatric medicine.

AND perhaps one of the most important point for those anxious to get Board Certified:

7)      For graduates of an approved three-year residency, ABPM Board Certification is possible within one year of completing the residency.  A candidate would take the Board Qualification Examination immediately after completing their residency and, once Qualified could take the Certification Examination within the same year.  This is possible because sufficient podiatric case studies are accumulated in the areas of podiatric medicine that the board is able to test and recognize this work immediately.

For a simple review of the steps to ABPM Certification, check out their interactive infographic.  If you have further questions, view the website or call their headquarters at 310-375-0700.

Upcoming DEADLINE for Certification MARCH 14!