THE FUTURE OF CSPE
The NBPME has unanimously voted that the CSPE represents a unique, valid, reliable examination that tests skills not being tested in the Parts I, II, and III written examinations. The decision was also made to start an investigation into alternatives to the suspended version of the clinical skills patient encounter examination. It was acknowledged that the first version of CSPE examination was unpopular among the student population mainly because of the expense to candidates.
During the development, pilot process and then with the actual administration of the first version of the examination, the board became convinced of the appropriateness of testing these unique skills that are crucial to safe, effective, independent practice. That perspective is also shared by other licensing boards, including NBME and NBOME. To date, no groups have abandoned this examination. Boards have either continued to test or said they are suspending the current version of their examinations while pursuing alternate designs.
The CSPE examination is currently suspended. Investigation and evaluation of alternatives has only begun. Although it may be possible, it is unlikely that a new design would be developed, piloted and ready for administration for the Class of 2022.
NBPME is committed to the clinical skills program, and to providing routine updates to the stakeholders of our profession, including the AACPM, APMA, APMSA, CPME and FPMB, as we work alongside NBOME to further our mission and to create an examination that is valid, reliable and cost-effective.
NBPME SEEKS NOMINATIONS
The following position on the Board will be open for election to a three-year term at our annual meeting in August, 2021.
An individual currently serving, or having had experience within the five years prior to his or her term, as a director of a podiatric residency program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.
Interested individuals should forward a letter and curriculum vitae no later than June 1, 2021 to:
NBPME CANCELS PART II CSPE FOR THE CLASS OF 2021
At a meeting Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the board decided that the many complications created by the global pandemic have made it impossible to continue the Clinical Skills Patient Encounter examination currently underway.
All candidates who have tested or scheduled will be reimbursed for the test fee and appropriate travel expenses. All affected students will be contacted after details have been completed.
Dr. Alyssa Stephenson, board president, stated that the NBPME intends to work with stakeholders including state licensing boards to determine the best path forward to continue to meet the goal of protecting the public health by examining all skills that are essential for safe independent practice.
UPDATE-REFUNDS FOR THE CANCELLED 2020-21 PART II CSPE EXAM
NBOME is processing the refunds for the candidates who sat or are registered for the 2020-21 Part II CSPE Exam. Refunds will be made to the original form of payment when possible, NBOME will reach out to individuals if they need further information to process the transaction. Candidates will receive their refunds within two to three weeks.
In the next couple of days, candidates that have sat for the exam will receive an e-mail with a voucher for travel reimbursement. Candidates must e-mail the completed voucher and receipts to email@example.com. Vouchers and receipts are due by March 3, 2021.
What is APMLE?
The American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations (APMLE) are qualifying tests currently recognized or utilized by legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine in the states, provinces, and federal agencies listed in the Candidate Bulletin.