The retired podiatrist

Termination of/Re-Entrance to Practice

Adopted: Sun, 2010-09-26

Back to Position Statements

Reviewed 2014-11-13 - no changes

The retirement of a podiatrist is defined by the North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners as the total and complete cessation of the practice of medicine and/or surgery by the podiatrist in any form or setting. According to the Board's definition, the retired podiatrist is not required to maintain a currently registered license and SHALL NOT:

  • provide patient services;
  • order tests or therapies;
  • prescribe, dispense, or administer drugs;
  • perform any other medical and/or surgical acts; or
  • receive income from the provision of medical and/or surgical services performed following retirement.

The North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners is aware that a number of podiatrists consider themselves "retired," but still hold a currently registered podiatry license and provide professional medical and/or surgical services to patients on a regular or occasional basis. Such podiatrists customarily serve the needs of previous patients, friends, nursing home residents, free clinics, emergency rooms, community health programs, etc. The Board commends those podiatrists for their willingness to continue service following "retirement" but it recognizes such service is not the "complete cessation of the practice of podiatric medicine" and therefore must be joined with an undiminished awareness of professional responsibility. That responsibility means that such podiatrists SHOULD:

  • practice within their areas of professional competence;
  • prepare and keep medical records in accord with good professional practice; and
  • meet the Board's continuing medical education requirement.

The Board also reminds "retired" podiatrists with currently registered licenses that all federal and state laws and rules relating to the practice of podiatry and/or surgery apply to them, that the position statements of the Board are as relevant to them as to podiatrists in full and regular practice, and that they continue to be subject to the risks of liability for any medical and/or surgical acts they perform.