Exam Overview

The In-training Examinations (ITE)

PGY 1 & 2 take the same examinations:

  • Foot Surgery Didactic - 90 Items
  • Foot Surgery CBPS - 8 Cases 

Final-year residents take an expanded ITE:

  • Foot Surgery Didactic - 90 Items
  • Foot Surgery CBPS - 4 Cases
  • RRA Surgery Didactic - 90 Items
  • RRA Surgery CBPS - 4 Cases


Didactic Examinations

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.

Exams Administered: Foot Surgery, RRA Surgery

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

Exam Type: Computer-adaptive, multiple-choice exam

Exam Structure: 90 questions, 120 minutes


CBPS Examinations

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.

Exams Administered: Foot Surgery, RRA Surgery

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: 8 cases, 15 minutes per case

Exam Structure (final-year Residents only): 4 Foot Surgery cases, 4 RRA Surgery cases,  15 minutes per case