ACPM advocates for the importance of maintaining thorough scientific knowledge and clinical skills in the biomechanical and medical aspects of podiatric practice. With the average DPM spending only 13% of his/her time in surgery (APMA 2005 data) it is important that these non-surgical areas remain the cornerstone of contemporary podiatric practice. ACPM accomplishes this goal through strong representation at the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Board of Trustees meetings, attending the APMA House of Delegates meetings, and by dialogue with APMA leaders. ACPM also advocates for the importance of biomechanics and medicine to the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, the accrediting agency for all forms of podiatric medical education. ACPM presents educational programs that emphasize the non-surgical aspects of practice-based patient care, and defends board certification by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine as a credential for full hospital staff privileges and inclusion as a provider by insurance carriers.

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