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The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) holds the position that continuous study is the fundamental and lifelong responsibility of doctors of podiatric medicine. Technological advances through research, new patterns of healthcare delivery and development of clinical procedures have accentuated the need for podiatric physicians to remain aware of professional developments through active participation in continuing education. Moreover, all state boards for examination and licensure require podiatric physicians to participate in continuing education in order to maintain professional licensure.

Calculation of continuing education credit

The 60-minute hour is utilized by council-approved sponsors as the standard for all continuing education activities. When calculating the number of continuing education contact hours for an activity, the number of contact minutes of instruction is totaled and divided by 60 to arrive at the number of continuing education contact hours. Please keep this in mind as you are finalizing your agenda.

A continuing education activity must be a minimum of 30 minutes in length. Sessions within an activity, however, may be of any length. A 15 minute break must be provided every four hours.

Credit may be variable.

Maintenance of license requirements

The biennial continuing education compliance period shall extend for a two-year period beginning on July 1 of each even-numbered year and ending on June 30 of the next even-numbered year. Each biennium, each person who is licensed to practice as a podiatrist in this state shall be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education.

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