Enforcement Program – Consultants and Expert Witnesses
The Board of Podiatric Medicine (Board) is recruiting qualified Doctors of Podiatric Medicine statewide to serve as consultants and expert witnesses for the Board’s enforcement program.
A podiatric medical consultant or expert witness is a Board licensee possessing technical knowledge and professional knowledge gained through advanced education and extensive work experience to form a definitive opinion regarding the standard of care for the profession. They provide consultation to staff, review case materials, prepare written reports and on occasion testify at administrative hearings. They also assist probation officers in the monitoring of probationer’s practices. The role is critical to the board’s enforcement program and its effectiveness as a consumer protection agency.
Consultants are paid $75 per hour for all services and conduct the preliminary review of cases to determine if further investigation or action is necessary.
Expert Witnesses are paid $100 per hour for record review and report preparation and $125 per hour for conferences with the Attorney General or testimony.
When monitoring a probationer’s practice as a Practice Monitor, a rate determined by the Practice Monitor is set between the Consultant or Expert Witness and the Probationer. Probationers pay the Practice Monitor directly for these services but provide reports to the Board.
Candidates must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:
- Hold a current, valid and unrestricted California license to practice podiatric medicine.
- Be active in the practice of podiatric medicine in the subject area being reviewed.
- Have completed a postgraduate medical education program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.
- Be certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, or the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry and must maintain a current certificate.
- Have surgical staff privileges in at least one general acute care hospital facility.
- Must not have been subject to disciplinary action by the BPM, i.e., the filing of an Accusation or Statement of Issues that was not withdrawn or dismissed.
- Must not be under BPM investigation for a violation of any laws relating to the practice of medicine at the time of appointment or be the subject of such a case pending in the Attorney General's office.
- Must not have been the subject of a field investigation by the BPM within the last five (5) years that was not closed and deleted from Medical Board records.
- In the event of a conflict of interest, must recuse themselves from the review.
- Must not misrepresent his or her credentials, qualifications, experience or background.
If you are interested in providing consultant or expert witness services to the Board, please complete and submit a Consultant – Expert Witness Application. Include a current curriculum vitae and copy of your current Board certification. Mail your packet to the Board at the address below.
California Board of Podiatric Medicine
Attn: Enforcement Coordinator
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1300
Sacramento, CA 95815
For more information before applying, contact the Board’s Enforcement Coordinator at (916) 263-4324 or email the Board at BPM@dca.ca.gov.