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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 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.