CSPE Exam Passage & State Licensure Requirements
At its October 2020 meeting, CPME received a request from NBPME to “modify the requirement of passing the CSPE examination from prior to beginning a residency program to prior to completing a residency program.” The Residency Review Committee made a recommendation to the Council, which the Council approved. That recommendation and resultant action states that residency programs will not be cited with an area of noncompliance if they accept students entering residency training in 2021 who have not passed the NBPME Part II CSPE. The Council did not go so far as to state when students or residents should take the examination, as that is outside the purview of the Council.
Of concern is the fact that CSPE is used by many state licensing boards as a requirement for candidates who have applied, or who are applying, for licenses to practice, including those starting residencies.
This situation may impact candidates and programs participating in the 2021 CASPR cycle. Applicants, who have not passed CSPE prior to start of their residency, may be unable to obtain a license in states requiring CSPE for licensure and have not modified the requirement.
The Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards (FPMB) has contacted each state licensure board and requested completion of a survey to ascertain their licensure requirements and any possible regulatory modifications to those requirements, based on the changes to NBPME’s requirements with regard to CSPE. The results of FPMB’s efforts can be reviewed HERE. This summary will be updated as new information becomes available.