Podiatry: Requirements and Continuing Education

License By Exam

Requirements for License:

Each applicant for a license as a podiatrist must possess the following qualifications:

  • • graduated and been awarded a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from an accredited college of podiatric medicine as defined in the Podiatry Act, Section 61-8-8,(A)(3) NMSA 1978;
  • • passed the APMLE examinations, part 1 and 2;
  • • completed a residency program as defined in the Podiatry Act, Section 61-8-8,(A),(4);
  • • passed the podiatric medical licensing examination for states (PM Lexis or APMLE examination part 3) within the past five years; and
  • • passed the New Mexico jurisprudence examination with a score of 90% or higher.

Documentation Requirements:

The board may designate a professional background information service, which compiles background information regarding an applicant from multiple sources.  Each applicant for a license by examination must submit the required fees and following documentation:

  • • completed application, signed and notarized with a passport quality photo taken within the past 6 months; applications are valid for one year from the date of receipt;
  • • official transcripts from the school of podiatric medicine or college, to be sent directly to the board office from the accredited program;
  • • a certified copy of a certificate of completion of a residency program approved by the CPME;
  • • proof that the applicant has passed the APMLE examinations sent directly from the APMLE; and
  • • verification of licensure in all states where the applicant holds or has held a license to practice podiatry, or other health care profession; verification must be sent directly to the board office from the other state(s), and must attest to the status, issue date, license number, and other information contained in the form.

Reports:

  •  The board requires obtainment of reports from the national practitioner’s data bank or other national reporting organization and the federation of podiatric medical boards disciplinary data bank.

 

 

Licensure Procedure:  Upon receipt of a completed application, including all required documentation and fees, the board secretary or the designee of the board will review and may approve the application.  The results of the background check must either indicate no negative findings, or if there are negative findings, those findings will be considered by the board.  The board may ratify the approval of the application at the next scheduled board meeting.  Any application which cannot be approved by the designee of the board will be reviewed by the board at the next scheduled meeting.

Reciprocity Requirements:

Requirements For Licensure By Reciprocity:

Each applicant for licensure as a podiatrist by reciprocity must possess the following qualifications:

  • graduated and received a degree from an accredited podiatric school as defined in the Podiatry Act, 61-8-8(A)(3); NMSA 1978;
  • hold a valid license by examination in another state or territory of the United States, with requirements for licensure equal to or exceeding those in New Mexico;
  • provide proof of active practice for at least five consecutive years immediately preceding the date of application;
  • passed the APMLE examinations part 1, 2 and 3, or equivalent exam for part 3 as determined by the board; and
  • passed the jurisprudence examination with a score of 90% or higher.

Documentation Requirements:

The board may designate a professional background information service, which compiles background information regarding an applicant from multiple sources.  Each applicant for a license by reciprocity must submit the required fees and submit or provide for the following documentation:

  • completed application, signed and notarized with a passport quality photo taken within the past 6 months; applications are valid for one year from the date of receipt;
  • official transcripts from the school of podiatric medicine or college, to be sent directly to the board office from the accredited program;
  • one letter of recommendation from a practicing podiatrist who is personally acquainted with the applicant and who can attest that the applicant is of good moral character;
  • a certified copy of a certificate of completion of a residency program accredited by the CPME;
  • proof that the applicant has passed the APMLE examinations part 1, 2 and 3 sent directly from APMLE;
  • proof that the applicant who has not taken [APMLE] part 3 or the PM lexis exam provide equivalent examination proof of passing;
  • proof of active practice for the five consecutive years immediately preceding the date of application (proof may include a letter from an accountant, the professional society, tax forms, or other documentation approved by the board);
  • verification of licensure in all states where the applicant holds or has held a license to practice podiatry, or other health care profession; and verification must be sent directly to the board office from the other state(s), and must attest to the license status, issue date, license number, and other information requested in the verification form.

Reports:

  • The board requires obtainment of reports from the national practitioner’s data bank, or other national reporting organization, and the federation of podiatric medical boards disciplinary data bank if the applicant is currently licensed, or has previously been licensed, as a podiatrist in another state.
  • Licensure Procedure:  Upon receipt of a completed application, including all required documentation and fees, the secretary-treasurer or the delegate of the board will review and may approve the application.  The results of the background check must either indicate no negative findings, or if there are negative findings, those findings will be considered by the board.  The board may formally accept the approval of the application at the next scheduled meeting.
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