As part of APMA Board of Trustees (Board) Vision 2015 plan to achieve universal recognition of Doctors of Podiatric Medicine as physicians within our education, training, and experience, how we train our graduates in their residency programs is essential. The plan creates numerous opportunities—what we as a profession do with those opportunities depends on us.

Achieving parity requires that our training programs look and feel like those in allopathic medicine. Vision 2015 calls for residency programs to be a minimum of three years in length with uniform competencies. Since no other specialties in medicine have programs shorter than three years in length, podiatric medicine should be similar. However, we have the opportunity and responsibility to define the competencies necessary to be a podiatric physician. The good news is that virtually two-thirds of our current programs are already three years long. The profession is now tasked with redefining what those competencies...

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