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Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners
The Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners is a four-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board is composed of three licensed, practicing podiatrists and one consumer member. They are responsible for the regulation of podiatrists in Georgia. The Board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. Complaints are investigated and, if warranted, disciplinary action may be taken by the Board. Board meetings are held approximately four times each year at the Secretary of State’s office in Macon and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for the Board’s consideration should submit a written request to the office. The practice of podiatry consists of the diagnosis, care and treatment of abnormalities of the human foot and leg. Licensed podiatrists are allowed to perform area specific surgery. As a learned science, licensure is considered after meeting specific podiatric education, residency and examination requirements.
The license renewal process for Podiatrists is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2017-2019 renewal cycle.
1) YOUR LICENSE EXPIRES 08/31/2017. APPLY EARLY!!
2) To attest to having met your CME requirements on your application before you actually meet them is grounds from disciplinary action against your license; therefore, you are encouraged to complete the renewal application AND all of your continuing medical education requirements BEFORE you submit a renewal application.
3) Please be sure to read each question on the application carefully before entering a response.
4) Renewal applications will require a signed, detailed letter of explanation and/or certified copies of legal documentation and review by the Board at the next scheduled meeting if the licensee:
a) Fails to meet the CME requirements or falsely attest to having met the requirements;
b) Is not a U.S. Citizen and are unable to provide the necessary Secure and Verifiable Document(s) and notarized Affidavit of Citizenship; and/or,
c) Must report that you have been arrested and/or convicted of an offense, been disciplined or sanctioned by any other state or regulatory Board.
5) In the event that you have timely submitted a renewal application and all of the required documentation for the renewal of the license and your application requires additional review by the Board, the license will remain in an "Active-Renewal Pending" status, with the expiration date of 08/31/2017, until the Board has rendered a decision on the application. While in that status, the license is note considered to be lapsed, inactive, expired or invalid in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 50-13-18(b) which states:
(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expires until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.
6) Any renewal applications and supporting documents received or marked as received in this office after 08/31/2017 and on or before 11/30/2017 will be processed as a late renewal application, for which an additional fee is required. In the event this occurs, the status of the license will be "Lapsed-Late Renewal Period."
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO COMPLETE YOUR CME! APPLY TODAY!
The Consumer Information and Awareness Act (O.C.G.A. § 43-1-33) was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 12, 2015. The new statute requires that podiatrists and other licensed health care practitioners provide for certain identification, educational identifiers and signage in the workplace and in advertisements. It also identifies the penalties for intentional violation of the provisions of the law.To review the law and learn more about how this new law may affect your practice, select the following link: Consumer Information Awareness Act .
The purpose of the continuing medical education (CME) requirement is twofold: 1) to maintain and enhance the professional competence of Podiatrists licensed to practice in the state of Georgia; and, 2) to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
In order to meet the CME requirements in the state of Georgia, the hours submitted and courses taken must be approved by and/or obtained from the Council of Podiatric Medical Education (CPME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and/or the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association (GPMA), in accordance with the rules.
Licensees are encouraged to review Board Rules Chapter 500-5 to gain an understanding of the number of CME hours required and how many of those hours you are allowed to submit from any of the specific organizations and associations noted above.