Part I Qualification Exam Overview

Part I Board Qualification Examinations 

There are two types of Board Qualification examinations: Didactic and Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS). There are didactic and CBPS examinations for both Foot Surgery and RRA Surgery Board Qualification.   


The Didactic Examination

The didactic examinations are multiple-choice computer-adaptive tests (CAT).  As you answer each question, the computer assesses your response and selects the next question based on whether you answered the previous question correctly. The questions become progressively more or less difficult as the examination establishes your level of knowledge.

Exam Objective: Measures clinical knowledge acquired in podiatric medical school and in residency.

Exam Type: Computer-adaptive, multiple-choice exam. 

Exam Structure: 80 questions, 120 minutes.


The CBPS Examination

The CBPS examination presents a simulated case that describes a patient’s condition and may include medical history, images, and other pertinent information. You then select case-relevant physical exam tasks, imaging, laboratory tests, and/or diagnostic procedures. As you select options, more information may be displayed that could help you arrive at a diagnosis. Next, you determine treatment, additional diagnoses, and follow-ups as needed. Scores are earned on each aspect of case management, not just diagnosis and treatment.

Exam Objective: Measures case management skills including patient examination, data gathering and critical synthesis of collected clinical data to arrive at a diagnosis and/or treatment.

Exam Type: Computer-based simulated clinical environment.

Exam Structure (Spring 2020): 8 cases, 15 minutes per case.