Effective March 18, 2020, emergency rule number 64B18ER20-19 has been approved by the Board of Podiatric Medicine. For the current biennium of licensure renewal for all of Florida’s licensed podiatric physicians that ends on March 31, 2020, this emergency rule waives the restriction on the number of home study continuing education hours that a podiatric physician may count towards licensure renewal, for 90 days. Given the current situation involving COVID-19, allowing podiatric physicians to complete the remaining continuing education requirements through home study and other on-line venues is consistent with the intent of the continuing education requirements as outlined in Rule 64B18-17.001(1), F.A.C.
Accordingly, the Board finds that these actions are a measured regulatory approach that helps to protect the patients of podiatric physicians and the physicians themselves from exposure to COVID-19. The podiatric physicians are still required to obtain the same number of continuing education credits but are permitted to do so in a format that mitigates the threat of exposure to COVID-19 for them and their patients.
For more information, please click on this link Emergency Rule – 64B18ER20-19 to review the emergency rule. If you have any questions related to the effect of this emergency rule on your continuing education requirements, please contact us by calling the Board Office at 850-245-4292, or by email to MQA.PodiatricMedicine@flhealth.gov.