The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) (2022)

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Certificates of Added Qualification

Certificates of Added Qualification

2023 Examination Dates
CAQ in Amputation Prevention
& Wound Care
CAQ in Podiatric Sports Medicine
CAQ in Podiatric Surgery

What is a Certificate of Added Qualification?

A Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a voluntary step beyond Board Certification that recognizes knowledge, expertise, and experience in a subspecialty of podiatry. A CAQ is a step issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification.

The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a special distinction created and issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification in either Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, Podiatric Surgery or Podiatric Sports Medicine.

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Why Does the ABPM Offer a CAQ?

The CAQs in Amputation Prevention & Wound Care, Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Sports Medicine were developed by ABPM in response to the changes in public needs and the desire of many podiatrists to have a mechanism to be recognized for their commitment to a subspecialty of podiatry.
This process will be available to any podiatrist certified with a CPME-recognized board with specific practice interest and demonstrable expertise in this area who passes a validated, knowledge-based examination.

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What benefit does the CAQ have for me?

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A Certificate of Added Qualification allows a diplomate to demonstrate additional expertise in a particular sub-specialty of podiatric medicine. This added credential enhances the primary board certification and allows the diplomate to remain up to date with the latest educational knowledge and techniques.

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Do Other Certifying Boards Offer CAQs?

Yes, the American Board of Medical Specialties has over 125 CAQs available for providers to set themselves apart from other providers within their specialties.
Based upon diplomate interest over the past several years, the ABPM has developed a vetting process leading to a CAQ in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, a CAQ in Podiatric Sports Medicine, and later a CAQ in Podiatric Surgery.

The CAQ examination fee is $295. For applicants choosing to submit cases, there is an additional $200 non-refundable fee.

The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a special distinction created and issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, Podiatric Surgery or Podiatric Sports Medicine.

What is a Certificate of Added Qualification?

A Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a voluntary step beyond Board Certification that recognizes knowledge, expertise, and experience in a subspecialty of podiatry. A CAQ is a step issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification.

The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a special distinction created and issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification in either Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, Podiatric Surgery or Podiatric Sports Medicine.

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Why Does the ABPM Offer a CAQ?

The CAQs in Amputation Prevention & Wound Care, Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Sports Medicine were developed by ABPM in response to the changes in public needs and the desire of many podiatrists to have a mechanism to be recognized for their commitment to a subspecialty of podiatry.

This process will be available to any podiatrist certified with a CPME-recognized board with specific practice interest and demonstrable expertise in this area who passes a validated, knowledge-based examination.

A Certificate of Added Qualification allows a diplomate to demonstrate additional expertise in a particular sub-specialty of podiatric medicine. This added credential enhances the primary board certification and allows the diplomate to remain up to date with the latest educational knowledge and techniques.

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What benefit does the CAQ have for me?

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Do Other Certifying Boards Offer CAQs?

Yes, the American Board of Medical Specialties has over 125 CAQs available for providers to set themselves apart from other providers within their specialties.

Based upon diplomate interest over the past several years, the ABPM has developed a vetting process leading to a CAQ in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, a CAQ in Podiatric Sports Medicine, and later a CAQ in Podiatric Surgery.

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The CAQ examination fee is $295. For applicants choosing to submit cases, there is an additional $200 non-refundable fee.

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What is the Cost to Take the CAQ Exam?

The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a special distinction created and issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, Podiatric Surgery or Podiatric Sports Medicine.

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Eligibility Criteria
  • Certification by a CPME-recognized Board
And demonstrate one of the following:
  • provide certificate confirming completion of a CPME-approved fellowship in amputation prevention and wound Care or similar designation
  • submit documentation in the form of a letter regarding expertise in a wound care or hospital setting (minimum of 1000 documented hours verified by the program's Hospital CMO, Fellowship Director, or Department Chairperson/Chief of Service)
  • pass a case documentation process proving expertise in amputation prevention and wound care

In addition, the Diplomate must pass the ABPM CAQ examination in amputation prevention and wound care and maintain their Board Certified status.

Testing Format

What is the testing format for this exam?

  • The candidate can choose to take the CAQ Exam in person at a PearsonVue testing site or opt for online proctoring.

What does the exam consist of?

  • The CAQ Exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions and 2 cases.

CAQ Important InformationCAQ Case Summary Form 111

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Eligibility Criteria
  • Certification by a CPME-recognized Board
And demonstrate one of the following:
  • provide certificate confirming completion of a CPME-approved fellowship in podiatric sports medicine
  • submit documentation that the applicant is a current team podiatrist or consultant to a sports organization
  • pass a case documentation process to proving expertise in podiatric sports medicine

In addition, the Diplomate must pass the ABPM CAQ examination in Podiatric Sports Medicine and maintain their Board Certified status.

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) will serve as the educational resource for the CAQ. Current Fellows of the AAPSM will be granted advanced standing in the CAQ if they apply before January 15, 2022.

Testing Format

What is the testing format for this exam?

  • The candidate can choose to take the CAQ Exam in person at a PearsonVue testing site or opt for online proctoring.

What does the exam consist of?

  • The CAQ Exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions.

CAQ Important InformationCAQ Case Summary Form 111

Eligibility Criteria
  • Completion of a CPME-approved Residency in Podiatric Surgery (PMSR, PM&S, or PSR)
  • Certification by a CPME-recognized Board
And demonstrate the following:
  • Case documentation proving expertise in Podiatric Surgery*
    *Waived for those who have completed a PMSR in the last 3 years.

In addition, the Diplomate must pass the ABPM CAQ examination in Podiatric Surgery and maintain their Board Certified status.

Testing Format

What is the testing format for this exam?

  • The candidate can choose to take the CAQ Exam in person at a PearsonVue testing site or opt for online proctoring.

What does the exam consist of?

  • The CAQ Exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions.

CAQ Important InformationCAQ Case Summary Form 111

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