Doctor of Podiatric Medicine- DPM

DPM Application

On This Page:

Application Instructions

Eligibility

Preliminary Education Requirements

Medical Education & Training

Acceptable Examination Sequences

Recent Clinical Practice

License Renewal

 

 

Application Instructions


 

Step 1: Request a Disciplinary Inquiry from the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards

  • Disciplinary reports should be ordered online at fpmb.org. FPMB charges fee of $50 for data bank reports. FPMB should email the reports directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio at med.license@med.ohio.gov.

Step 2: Request FBI and Ohio BCI Background Record Checks

  • All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. The Ohio background check packet and instructions can be obtained here.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

  • In-state applicants

    • You must use the services of a vendor that participates in the national WebCheck program. Click here for a list of vendors. The sheriff's offices in most Ohio counties also participate in WebCheck. Please allow at least two to four weeks for the Board to receive and process in-state background checks.

  • Out-of-state applicants

    • ​All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. The Ohio background check packet and instructions can be obtained here. Please allow at least two to eight weeks for the Board to receive and process out-of-state background checks.

Step 3: Complete the Certificate of Postgraduate Training form.

  • Complete the top portion and forward it to the institution where you completed at last 12 months of accredited podiatric training.

  • The school should email the completed form directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio at med.license@med.ohio.gov.

Step 4: Request license verifications from any state or jurisdiction where you currently hold or previously held a professional license. The State Medical Board of Ohio prefers verifications be delivered by email (med.license@med.ohio.gov) or fax (614.466.4331).

Step 5:  Complete and Submit the Ohio Physician Licensure Application

 

Eligibility


  • Good moral character

  • Completion of preliminary education

  • Completion of medical education and training

  • Passage of an acceptable medical licensure examination sequence

  • Recent clinical practice

 

Preliminary Education Requirements


Applicants are required to demonstrate completion of preliminary education which shall include two years of undergraduate work in a college of arts and sciences and a high school diploma or the equivalent of such education as determined by the Board. Production of a diploma from a college of podiatric medicine and surgery in good standing as defined by the Board at the time the diploma was issued constitutes prima facie evidence that the individual has completed the requisite preliminary education.

 

Medical Education & Training


Applicants must hold a diploma from a college of podiatric medicine and surgery and present proof of completion of one year of postgraduate training in a podiatric internship, residency or clinical fellowship program accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education or the American Podiatric Medical Association.

 

Acceptable Examination Sequences


  • NBPME Part I, II & III: The examination in podiatric medicine and surgery shall consist of parts I, II and III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination. Prior to applying for a certificate to practice podiatric medicine and surgery, and prior to sitting for part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination, an applicant shall have passed parts I and II of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination.

  • An applicant shall obtain diplomate or passing status with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners on parts I, II and III of the national board examination to be considered as having passed the examination in podiatric medicine and surgery.

 

Other Acceptable Examination Sequences


  • An examination administered between June 12, 1990 and December 4, 2000, requires passing of the "PMLexis" in addition to the holding of a passing status or diplomate status with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

  • An examination administered after December 4, 2000, requires passing parts I, II and III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination.

  • An examination administered before June 12, 1990, shall have been:

    • Administered by the state, United States territory, or district, and, have been in part, a written examination;

    • Taken without having failed the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination unless an intervening passing status or diplomate status on that examination has been achieved; and

    • Taken without having failed to achieve a minimum passing score on the PMLexis or part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination unless an intervening passing status on that examination has been achieved.

 

Recent Clinical Practice


All applicants are required to demonstrate recent clinical activity in the two years immediately preceding application. The State Medical Board of Ohio may require additional training or examination, or both, of any applicant who for more than two years immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in the clinical practice of podiatric medicine and surgery as an active practitioner.

 

License Renewal


Physicians (MD, DO, DPM) are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain an active certificate to practice. Renewal cycles are based on the first letter of your last name (name at the time of initial licensure). 

The fee for renewal is $305.

 

You can watch a short video walking through the new eLicense process:

Because the Medical Board has recently converting to a new licensure system, you will need to register in eLicense before you can start the renewal process. You will need the following information:

  • Navigate to eLicense.ohio.gov

  • Choose Login / Create an Account

  • Click the I Have a License button

  • You will need the following to register:

    • Security Code (sent to you by the Medical Board)

    • Email

    • Social Security Number

    • Date of Birth

    • Create/confirm a unique password

 

 Once on your Dashboard:

  • Find the license you wish to renew

  • Click the Options button on that license tile

  • Choose Renew from the dropdown options

  • Be sure to update your profile and contact information

  • Access your shopping cart to pay renewal fees with a credit card

An automated email will be sent to you once you have successfully completed the renewal application and paid the required fee. If you have questions or need assistance, please email med.renewal@med.ohio.gov.

 

Continuing Education


All physicians registering for each renewal must complete at least 100 hours of CME (40 category 1 and 60 category 2) and comply with the CME requirements. Physicians who are currently not working or retired must complete CME requirements if they wish to renew their license. View CME requirements here.

No provisions exist between Ohio and other states for reciprocity of CME licensure requirements for renewal.

 

CME Hours Required to Maintain an Ohio License

  • To be eligible for renewal, you must have completed 100 CME hours. The CME program consists of two categories, Category 1 and Category 2. A minimum of 40 hours must be earned in Category 1 and a maximum of 60 hours may be earned in Category 2. You may earn all 100 CME hours in Category 1.

  • Your CME requirements must be completed prior to the expiration date of your license. If you received your initial license or restored your Ohio license within a renewal cycle, your hours may be prorated.

  • Each completed week of ACGME approved internship, residency or fellowship training counts as one CME Category 1 credit hour (i.e. one year of training equals 50 Category 1 CME hours).

 

Submitting CME

  • On the renewal application you are asked to attest to completion of the required CME hours. The State Medical Board of Ohio audits a percentage of practitioners during each renewal cycle for random audit. Please do not submit proof of CME unless you receive an audit notice from the Board. 

  • Ohio Administrative Code requires practitioners to retain their CME records for two renewal cycles (at least 4 years).​