APMA Approved Boards
The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) exists to protect the health and welfare of the public through ongoing evaluation and certification of the competence of podiatrists in the specialty of podiatric orthopedics and podiatric medicine.
The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery’s (ABFAS) purpose is to protect and improve the health and welfare of the public by the advancement of the art and science of podiatric surgery.
Credentialing vs. Privileging
Membership categories and the definition of the type of practitioner who may be a member of the organized medical staff and associated prerogatives are not uniform across hospitals. Sometimes the same term for a particular staff category may have a different meaning at a different facility.
For this reason, despite the fact that it can be burdensome to read the Medical Staff Bylaws in their entirety, it is recommended that at a minimum, applicants familiarize themselves with the nuances contained within the Medical Staff Bylaws related to membership categories and associated prerogatives, eligibility criteria for membership and clinical privileges, timeframes and the procedure for initial appointment and reappointment.
External & Internal Influencers
The task of tracking all the requirements for proper credentialing can be a daunting one. Depending on the type of organization, the external 'masters' they are accountable to, and their own internally defined considerations, the requirements can vary widely.
In addition to these external factors, policies and procedures driving credentialing and privileging activities are also controlled by internal documentation, such as bylaws, rules, regulations and procedures of each facility's legally-constituted, organized medical staff.
Recent Changes to Credentialing & Privileging
Changes in education and the structure of podiatric postgraduate training programs could impact your current credentialing/privileging process. Standardized designations implemented in 2011 for all podiatric postgraduate training are now 36 months in length. Many hospitals have moved to Core Privileging of specialists. Hospital documents should be updated to reflect both of podiatry's CPME-recognized certifying boards.
While board certification is not required by CMS or TJC for staff membership or privileges, if the facility requires board certification, ensure the bylaws include both of the CPME-recognized specialty boards.