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OREGON MEDICAL BOARD

 

DIVISION 80

PODIATRIC MEDICINE

847-080-0001

Definitions

(1) "Ankle" means the tibial plafond and its posterolateral border or posterior malleolus, the medial malleolus, the distal fibula or lateral malleolus, and the talus.

(2) "Board" means the Oregon Medical Board of the State of Oregon.

(3) "Podiatric physician and surgeon" means a podiatric physician and surgeon whose practice is limited to treating ailments of the human foot, ankle, and tendons directly attached to and governing the function of the foot and ankle.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.805
Hist.: ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; BME 11-2000, f. & cert. ef. 7-27-00; BME 8-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-07; BME 22-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-24-07

847-080-0002

Application for Licensure

(1) When applying for licensure the applicant must submit to the Board the completed application, fees, documents and letters.

(2) A person applying for licensure under these rules who has not completed the licensure process within a 12 month consecutive period must file a new application, documents, letters and pay a full filing fee as if filing for the first time.

(3) The applicant may be required to appear before the Board for a personal interview regarding information received during the processing of the application. Unless excused in advance, failure to appear before the Board for a personal interview violates ORS 677.190(17) and may subject the applicant to disciplinary action.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.100, 677.190, 677.265, 677.810 & 677.840
Hist.: ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; ME 3-1990, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-90; BME 8-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-07; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13; OMB 9-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-14-14

847-080-0010

Requirements for Licensure

The applicant for licensure must have:

(1) Graduated from a school or college of podiatric medicine accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

(2) Successfully passed a licensing examination as provided in OAR 847-080-0018.

(3) Fulfilled one of the following:

(a) Satisfactory completion of one year of post-graduate training served in a hospital that is approved by the CPME, or

(b) Satisfactory completion of one year of post-graduate training in a hospital residency program that was not approved by the CPME and current certification by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

(4) Satisfactorily met the requirements of ORS 677.820 and 677.825.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.820, 677.825 & 677.830
Hist.: ME 4-1982, f. & ef. 4-23-82; ME 7-1982, f. & ef. 10-27-82; Suspended by ME 3-1983(Temp), f. & ef. 10-3-83 to 10-7-83; Suspended by ME 2-1984(Temp), f. & ef. 1-20-84; ME 11-1985, f. & ef. 8-6-85; ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; ME 8-1994, f. & cert. ef. 4-29-94; BME 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-04; BME 13-2005, f. & cert. ef. 10-12-05; BME 18-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-06; BME 12-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-24-08; BME 27-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-31-08; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0013

Documents to Be Submitted for Licensure

The documents submitted must be legible and no larger than 8 1/2” x 11”. All documents and photographs will be retained by the Board as a permanent part of the application file. If original documents are larger than 8 1/2” x 11”, the copies must be reduced to the correct size with all wording and signatures clearly shown. Official translations are required for documents issued in a foreign language. The following documents are required:

(1) Application: Completed formal application provided by the Board. Required dates must include month, day and year.

(2) Birth Certificate: A copy of birth certificate.

(3) Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Diploma: A copy of a diploma showing graduation from a school of podiatry.

(4) Photograph: A close-up, passport quality photograph, front view, head and shoulders (not profile), with features distinct, taken within 90 days preceding the filing of the application.

(5) The results of a Practitioner Self-Query from the National Practitioner Data Bank sent directly to the Board by the applicant.

(6) Legible fingerprints as described in 847-008-0068 for the purpose of a criminal records background check.

(7) An applicant must pass an open-book examination on the Medical Practice Act (ORS Chapter 677) and an open-book examination on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regulations governing the use of controlled substances. If an applicant fails one or both examinations three times, the applicant must attend an informal meeting with a Board member, a Board investigator or the Medical Director of the Board to discuss the applicant’s failure of the examination(s), before being given a fourth and final attempt to pass the examination(s). If the applicant does not pass the examination(s) on the fourth attempt, the applicant may be denied licensure.

(8) Any other documentation or explanatory statements as required by the Board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265 & 677.820
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.534, 677.820, 677.825 & 677.830
Hist.: ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; ME 17-1987, f. & ef. 8-3-87; BME 17-2007, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-07; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0016

Application for Licensure by Military Spouse or Domestic Partner

(1) “Military spouse or domestic partner” means a spouse or domestic partner of an active member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is the subject of a military transfer to Oregon.

(2) To qualify for licensure under this rule, the military spouse or domestic partner must:

(a) Meet the requirements for licensure as stated in OAR 847-080-0010;

(b) Be married to, or in a domestic partnership with, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station located in Oregon by official active duty military order;

(c) Be licensed to practice podiatric medicine in another state or territory of the United States;

(d) Be in good standing, with no restrictions or limitations upon, actions taken against, or investigation or disciplinary action pending against his or her license in any jurisdiction where the applicant is or has been licensed; and

(e) Have at least one year of active practice or teaching of podiatric medicine during the three years immediately preceding the application.

(3) If a military spouse or domestic partner applies for a license to practice podiatric medicine, the Board may accept:

(a) A copy of the podiatric medical school diploma to fulfill the requirement for a Dean’s Letter of Recommendation and the Verification of Medical Education form; and

(b) Verification of licensure in good standing from the jurisdiction of current or most recent practice of podiatric medicine to fulfill the requirement of verifications of licensure from all jurisdictions of prior and current health related licensure.

(4) If a military spouse or domestic partner applies for a license to practice podiatric medicine, the Board will obtain the results of a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank on behalf of the applicant.

(5) In addition to the documents required in section (3) of this rule and in OAR 847-080-0013 and 847-080-0017, the military spouse or domestic partner must submit a copy of the:

(a) Marriage certificate or domestic partnership registration with the name of the applicant and the name of the active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States; and

(b) Assignment to a duty station located in Oregon by official active duty military order for the spouse or domestic partner named in the marriage certificate or domestic partnership registration.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265, 677.820 & HB 2037 (2013)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.820, 677.825, 677.830 & HB 2037 (2013)
Hist.: OMB 21-2013(Temp), f. 8-2-13, cert. ef. 8-3-13 thru 1-30-14; OMB 35-2013, f.& cert. ef. 10-15-13

847-080-0017

Letters and Official Verifications to be Submitted for Licensure

The applicant must ensure that official documents are sent to the Board directly from:

(1) The School of Podiatry:

(a) The Verification of Medical Education form, which includes: degree issued, date of degree, dates of attendance, dates and reason of any leaves of absence or repeated years, and dates, name and location of school of podiatric medicine school if a transfer student.

(b) A Dean's Letter of Recommendation, which includes a statement concerning the applicant's moral and ethical character and overall performance as a podiatric medical student. If the school attests that a Dean’s Letter is unavailable or the Board determines that it is unacceptable, a copy of the transcripts may be acceptable.

(2) The Director of Podiatric Education, Chairman or other official of the residency hospital in U.S.: A currently dated original letter (a copy is not acceptable), sent directly from the hospitals in which any post-graduate training was served, which includes an evaluation of overall performance and specific beginning and ending dates of training.

(3) The Director or other official for practice and employment in hospitals, clinics, etc., in the U.S. and foreign countries: A currently dated original letter (a copy is not acceptable), sent directly from the hospital/clinic, which includes an evaluation of overall performance and specific beginning and ending dates of practice and employment.

(4) All health licensing boards in any jurisdiction where the applicant has ever been licensed; regardless of status, i.e., current, lapsed, never practiced there: Verification, sent directly from the boards, must show license number, date issued and status.

(5) Official Examination Certification: An official certification of examination scores for the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) Parts I, II and III or the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) examination Parts I, II and III is required directly from the NBPME or the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards.

(6) Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards Disciplinary Report: A Disciplinary Report sent directly from the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards to the Board.

(7) Any other documentation as required by the Board, including but not limited to medical records and criminal or civil records.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265 & 677.820
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.820, 677.825 & 677.830
Hist.: ME 4-1982, f. & ef. 4-23-82; ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; ME 17-1987, f. & ef. 8-3-87; BME 20-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-20-04; BME 19-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-06; BME 17-2007, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-07; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0018

Examination for Licensure

The applicant must base an application upon the licensing examination administered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME). The licensing examination is limited to the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) or the NBPME examination. No application will be accepted on the basis of reciprocity or written examination, other than an examination administered by the NBPME.

(1) The applicant must pass Parts I, II and III of the licensing examination.

(2) Part III of the licensing examination may be waived if the applicant graduated from a school or college of podiatric medicine before January 1, 2001; and

(a) Is licensed as a podiatric physician in another state; or

(b) Is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS).

(3) The score achieved on each Part of the examination must equal or exceed the figure established by the NBPME as a passing score.

(4) All three Parts of the licensing examination must be passed within a seven-year period which begins when the first Part, either Part I or Part II, is passed. An applicant who graduated from a school or college of podiatric medicine on or after January 1, 2001, and who has not passed all three Parts within the seven-year period may request a waiver of the seven-year requirement if he or she:

(a) Has current certification by the ABPM or the ABPS; or

(b) Suffered from a documented significant health condition which by its severity would necessarily cause a delay to the applicant’s podiatric study; or

(c) Experienced other extenuating circumstances that do not indicate an inability to safely practice podiatric medicine as determined by the Board.

(5) The applicant who graduated from a school or college of podiatric medicine on or after January 1, 2001, must have passed Part III of the licensing examination within four attempts, whether for Oregon or for any other state. After the third failed attempt, the applicant must have completed one additional year of postgraduate training in the United States prior to readmission to the examination. The Board must approve the additional year of training to determine whether the applicant is eligible for licensure. The applicant, after completion of the required year of training, must have passed Part III on their fourth and final attempt. An applicant who has passed Part III of the licensing examination, but not within the four attempts as required, may request a waiver of this requirement if he or she has current certification by the ABPM or the ABPS.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.825 & 677.830
Hist.: ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; ME 17-1987, f. & ef. 8-3-87; ME 23-1989(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-20-89; ME 3-1990, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-90; ME 13-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-22-92; ME 8-1994, f. & cert. ef. 4-29-94; ME 11-1996, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-96; BME 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-26-99; BME 4-1999, f. & cert. ef. 2-17-99; BME 10-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-20-05; BME 19-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-06; BME 17-2007, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-07; BME 18-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-23-07 thru 1-8-08; BME 22-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-24-07; BME 12-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-24-08; BME 27-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-31-08; OMB 26-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-18-11; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0021

Competency Examination and Re-Entry to Practice

(1) The applicant who has not completed postgraduate training within the past 10 years or been certified or recertified with the ABPM or the ABPS within the past 10 years may be required to pass a competency examination in podiatry. The competency examination may be waived if the applicant can demonstrate ongoing participation in maintenance of certification with the ABPM or ABPS, or has completed at least 50 hours of Board-approved continuing education each year for the past three years.

(2) The applicant who has ceased practice for a period of 12 or more consecutive months immediately preceding an application for licensure or reactivation may be required to pass a competency examination in podiatry. The competency examination may be waived if the applicant can demonstrate ongoing participation in maintenance of certification with the ABPM or ABPS, or subsequent to ceasing practice, the applicant has:

(a) Passed the licensing examination administered by the NBPME, or

(b) Been certified or recertified by the ABPM or ABPS, or

(c) Completed a Board-approved one-year residency or clinical fellowship, or

(d) Obtained continuing medical education to the Board’s satisfaction.

(3) The applicant who has ceased the practice of medicine for a period of 24 or more consecutive months may be required to complete a re-entry plan to the satisfaction of the Board. The re-entry plan must be reviewed and approved through a Consent Agreement prior to the applicant beginning the re-entry plan. Depending on the amount of time out of practice, the applicant may be required to do one or more of the following:

(a) Pass the licensing examination;

(b) Practice for a specified period of time under a mentor/supervising podiatric physician who will provide periodic reports to the Board;

(c) Obtain certification or re-certification, or participate in maintenance of certification, with the ABPM or the ABPS;

(d) Complete a re-entry program as determined appropriate by the Board;

(e) Complete one year of an accredited postgraduate or clinical fellowship training, which must be pre-approved by the Board’s Medical Director;

(f) Complete at least 50 hours of Board-approved continuing medical education each year for the past three years.

(4) Licensure shall not be granted until all requirements of OAR chapter 847, division 80, are completed satisfactorily.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.825 & 677.830
Hist.: OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13; OMB 11-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-9-14; OMB 13-2014, f. & cert. ef. 10-8-14

847-080-0022

Qualifications to Perform Ankle Surgery

Ankle surgery must be conducted in a certified hospital or in an ambulatory surgical center certified by the Health Division. To be eligible to perform ankle surgery in the state of Oregon, the licensed podiatrist shall meet the qualifications from one of the following sections prior to being approved by the Board to perform ankle surgery:

(1) Completion of a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) approved surgical residency; board certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) in Foot and Ankle Surgery; documented clinical experience as approved by the Board; and current clinical privileges to perform reconstructive/rearfoot ankle surgery in a Joint Commission approved hospital; or

(2) Completion of a CPME approved surgical residency; and board qualified by the ABPS in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery progressing to board certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery within seven years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.245

Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.812

Hist.: BM 11-2000, f. & cert. ef. 7-27-00; BME 7-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-27-03; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

 

847-080-0022

Qualifications to Perform Ankle Surgery

Ankle surgery must be conducted in a certified hospital or in an ambulatory surgical center certified by the Health Division. To be eligible to perform ankle surgery in the state of Oregon, the licensed podiatrist shall meet the qualifications from one of the following sections prior to being approved by the Board to perform ankle surgery:

(1) Completion of a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) approved surgical residency; board certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) in Foot and Ankle Surgery; documented clinical experience as approved by the Board; and current clinical privileges to perform reconstructive/rearfoot ankle surgery in a Joint Commission approved hospital; or

(2) Completion of a CPME approved surgical residency; and board qualified by the ABPS in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery progressing to board certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery within seven years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.245
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.812
Hist.: BM 11-2000, f. & cert. ef. 7-27-00; BME 7-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-27-03; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0028

License Application Withdrawals

(1) The Board will consider a request by an applicant to withdraw his/her application for licensure in the State of Oregon under the following circumstances:

(a) The applicant is eligible for licensure; and

(b) The file contains no evidence of violation of any provision of ORS 677.010–677.855.

(2) An applicant may request to withdraw his/her application for licensure in the State of Oregon, and the withdrawal will be reported to the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards under the following circumstances:

(a) The applicant is eligible for licensure; and

(b) The file contains evidence that the applicant may have violated any provision of ORS 677.010–677.855, but the Board has decided that there is an insufficient basis to proceed to formal discipline, or a licensing body in another state has imposed formal discipline or entered into a consent agreement for the same conduct, and that action has been reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.190, 677.265 & 677.820
Hist.: OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0030

Denial of License

No applicant is entitled to a podiatry license who:

(1) Has failed an examination for licensure in the State of Oregon;

(2) Has had a license revoked or suspended in this or any other state or country unless the said license has been restored or reinstated and the applicant's license is in good standing in the state or country which had revoked the same;

(3) Has been refused a license or certificate in any other state or country on any grounds other than failure in a podiatric licensure examination;

(4) Has been guilty of conduct similar to that which would be prohibited by or to which ORS 677.190 would apply; or

(5) Has been guilty of cheating or subverting the podiatric licensing examination process. Podiatric licensing examination means any examination given by the Board, other states, or national testing organization, to an applicant for registration, certification or licensure under this act. Evidence of cheating or subverting includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Copying answers from another examinee or permitting one's answers to be copied by another examinee during the examination;

(b) Having in one's possession during the examination any books, notes, written or printed materials or data of any kind, other than examination materials distributed by Board staff, which could facilitate the applicant in completing the examination;

(c) Communicating with any other examinee during the administration of the examination;

(d) Removing from the examining room any examination materials;

(e) Photographing or otherwise reproducing examination materials.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.190 & 677.265
Hist.: ME 4-1982, f. & ef. 4-23-82; ME 11-1985, f. & ef. 8-6-85; ME 6-1986, f. & ef. 4-23-86; OMB 20-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-12-13

847-080-0035

Approved Podiatry Colleges

Podiatry colleges approved by the Board are only those approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association Council on Podiatry Education.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & ORS 677
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.820
Hist.: ME 4-1982, f. & ef. 4-23-82; ME 11-1985, f. & ef. 8-6-85

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