The purpose of this site is informational. You can learn about:
- the mission of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME);
- the purpose of the examinations;
- test center regulations
- preparation for the examinations
- practice tests; and
- Part I and II tutorial.
Registration, test center regulations, preparation for the examinations and many more details are available in the Candidate Bulletins which can be downloaded from this site. In addition, Part I, Part II and Part III registration forms, Part I and Part II practice tests and an example of the Part I and II tutorial are available. Please select the "Downloads" link under "Exams" for further details.
NBPME Seeks Nomination
The following position on the Board will be open for election to three-year term at our Annual Meeting in July, 2013:
-Prior experience as a member on a Specialty Board.
Interested individuals should forward a letter and curriculum vitae no later than June 1, 2013 to:
P. O. Box 510
Bellefonte, PA 16823.
Altered Score Reports a Serious Concern
As participation in residency programs becomes a more important step toward licensed practice, the NBPME is concerned because of multiple incidents where persons provided their residency programs with fraudulent reports of APMLE scores. In each instance, the NBPME has imposed heavy sanctions because those who rely on score reports must have full confidence in the integrity of the process. Further, all residency directors have been asked not to accept any score report unless it is provided directly by a verifiable primary source, such as the NBPME or the CASPR program of AACPM. President Lombardi declared the Board’s intention to react swiftly and meaningfully to any detected instance of altering an official score report document.
New Test Sequence Policy
The NBPME will, beginning on January 1, 2010, NOT allow any podiatric medical student or candidate to take Part II unless he or she has taken and successfully completed (with a passing score) Part I. Likewise, we will NOT allow any candidate to take Part III unless he/she has successfully completed and passed Part I and II. We will mandate that the tests be taken sequentially and passed before the candidate continues on to the next part. The goal of this new policy is to require students to demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge before advancing into clinical knowledge and skills assessment, since each test part assumes that prior knowledge has been achieved.
The NBPME's new test sequence policy shall not apply to or affect candidates who have taken any NBPME exam (whether Part I, Part II or Part III) prior to January 1, 2010. If you did take any exam prior to January 1, 2010, regardless of the sequence, you must still pass Parts I and II before applying for Part III.
Audit Panel Report of the July 2003 & 2004 NBPME Part I Examination
The Independent Audit of the July 2003 & 2004 Part I Examination has been completed. The report is available at this site by selecting the "Downloads" link under "Exams".