Date: December 15, 2020
To: All NC Licensed Podiatrists
From: NC Board of Podiatry Examiners
Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts upon CME
As a reminder, in a typical year twenty-five (25) hours of CME are required annually, including one hour of controlled substances prescribing practices. A minimum of twenty (20) hours must be CPME or APMA approved courses. The remaining five (5) hours can still fall into the Category 2 hours from the CME Policy. Any proposed credits outside of the above guidance must be approved by the Board’s staff in advance.
The NC Board of Podiatry Examiners continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in our state and to respond to the same. Governor Cooper’s Executive Orders have, among other things, declared a state of emergency https://governor.nc.gov/news/executive-orders . The current pandemic impacts the availability of CME, raises health concerns, and generally imposes a hardship upon practitioners.
Accordingly, the Board has voted to extend the waiver clause set forth in Administrative Rule 21 NCAC 52 .0208 (e) based upon the existence of “Certified Illness, Medical Conditions, Natural Disaster or Undue Hardship.” For renewals due June 30, 2021 the CME reporting period, for 24 of the required 25 hours is extended from a one (1) year to the later of a two (2) year period or the expiration of the Covid-19 Executive Orders issued by the Governor of North Carolina pertaining to the present Covid-19 pandemic. The timing and requirement for one annual hour of training as to opioid prescription guidelines remains unchanged.
The renewal fee remains unchanged and documentation requirements will remain in place
Thus, for the renewal period ending June 30, 2022, podiatrists must have obtained a minimum of 50 hours of CME for the period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022 with at least one hour of opiod prescription training having been obtained before June 30, 2021. This CME can be obtained either online or in person.