Board of Podiatric Medicine

BPM E-Updates

  • WFAC 2013, A Board with Heart
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "be brave and truthful, keep your poetry and integrity.”
  • March 2013, That's a Great Question!
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "If I have a board question, can I talk to one of the Board Members?"
  • February 2013, New BPM Board Members
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "In December, the Governor reappointed current Board President Neil B. Mansdorf, DPM and added two additional podiatric physicians, Drs. John Y. Cha and Michael A. Zapf."
  • January 2013, Ask BPM
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "What is the process if a patient makes a board complaint?"
  • August 2012, Mansdorf BPM's Sunset Diplomat
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "The Board unanimously passed a Mansdorf motion to support SB 1236 (Price) as currently written."
  • August 2012, Longobari Leads Talks
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Chairing the Board of Podiatric Medicine (BPM) Licensing and Medical Education Committee, the VP also oversees and presents BPM’s financial health at each public meeting."
  • April 2012, Article, When She Talks, People Listen...
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Dr. Karen L. Wrubel, CPMA President-Elect, and Immediate Past President of the State Board of Podiatric Medicine, draws attention whenever and wherever she speaks ."
  • November 2011, Article, 4 More Years, please
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "BPM intends to sail into safe harbor, perhaps with some practice act reforms aboard."
  • WFAC 2011, Article, A "Can Do" Board
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Prevention of patient harm is not an abstract ideal; it is how we measure ourselves."
  • March 2011, Article, Mansdorf Chairs Enforcement
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "BPM Board Member Neil Mansdorf, DPM is overseeing our Enforcement Program during key transition."
  • February 2011, Article, BPM listens, acts
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "At the Board of Podiatric Medicine’s last 2010 meeting, Dr. Jeffrey Haupt suggested some changes in the Board’s medical consultant and expert reviewer policies."
  • December 2010, Article, New Year. New Opportunity.
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "With a new Administration coming in, and the opportunity for more reforms in our upcoming Sunset Review, we are good to go where favorable winds might point."
  • November 2010, Article, Inside BPM
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "One of the few Boards without backlogs, and still the only Board with a Continuing Competence program, the Board Members have kept staff focused on our statutory mission."
  • October 2010, Article, Treat the Patient, Doctor
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Today, podiatric medical doctors are too important an asset to California healthcare to not fully utilize your skills."
  • August 2010, Article, Letter to Licensees
    Karen L. Wrubel, DPM, President and Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "...the California Attorney General has made it clear once and for all that DPMs may perform full, admitting history and physical exams in acute care hospitals and that this H&P is not limited to the defined scope of practice."
  • August 2010, Article, Governor Signs SB 953
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "SB 953, by deleting B&P Code Section 2397(d), removes a barrier enacted 30-years ago to DPMs providing Good Samaritan emergency care beyond your regular foot and ankle scope..."
  • April 2010, Article, BPM Headline News
    Karen L. Wrubel, DPM, President and Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "...Senate Bill 953 is striking the last exclusion from liability coverage restricting podiatric physicians in medical emergencies."
  • February 2010, Article, Good Samaritan
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Senator Walters’ bill will repeal B&P Section 2397(d) in its entirety: “Nothing in this article
    shall be construed to authorize practice by a podiatrist beyond that set forth in Section 2473.”
  • November 2009, Article, Our Radar Screen
    Karen L. Wrubel, DPM, President and Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Led by California, the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards (FPMB) adopted a Model Law almost
    a decade ago. Ironically, our State is still not there in some respects. The Board of Podiatric Medicine
    (BPM) will be looking to fix this as opportunities arise, working in conjunction with CPMA.
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  • August 2009, Article, Preventing Patient Harm
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Podiatric medicine has become an elite medical specialty in California, holding itself to a higher standard."
  • May 2009, Article, Learning from Mistakes
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "...to us, stewardship of this ship is our job."
  • May 2009, Article, June 5 Public Meeting
    Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "It is a good time for self-examination of our entire program."

  • April 2009, Article, Creating the Future
    Michael J. Levi, DPM, President and Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "Mainstreaming with medicine is reality."
  • February 2009, Article, How State Licensing Boards Work
    Michael J. Levi, DPM, President and Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "How does the Board decide who to go after?"
  • June 2008, Article, Quality, Quality, Quality
    Michael J. Levi, DPM, Vice President and Jim Rathlesberger, MPA, Executive Officer
    "The State's concern is quality of care."
  • May 2008, Article, Strategic Planning
    Jim Rathlesberger, M.P.A.
    "In step with DCA, DPM will revise its own strategic thinking.
  • February 2008, Article, DPMs Still Lead
    Jim Rathlesberger, M.P.A.
    "Lawmakers know you are setting the standard. Remember AB 932?"
  • November 2006, Article, California Dreaming
    Jim Rathlesberger, M.P.A. with Hienvu C. Nguyen, DPM, Board President
    ".....still having to fight here and there for a level playing field,
    the Board of Podiatric Medicine has had the luxury of little attachment to the Status Quo."
  • August 2006, Article, Physician Partnership
    Jim Rathlesberger, M.P.A.
    "...DPMs sometimes ask if they can hire or be in partnerships with MDs or DOs."  
  • February 2006 - Article, Maintaining a Good Record
    Dr. Nguyen and Jim Rathlesberger
    "... a good record with the state is not difficult. Almost all of the Board of Podiatric Medicine's
    (BPM) licensees manage to do so."

  • September 2004 - AB 932 A Big Victory
    "With CPMA's educational work on AB 932,
    the profession is already better recognized as the elite specialty it is.
    Policy makers are realizing that DPMs hold themselves to
    higher professional licensing standards than any other medical specialty.
    That provided high ground for turning this years-long struggle into success."

  • April 2004 - Calling Our Better Angels
    Joan Jerzak addresses the long-acknowledged ethical duty of doctors, nurses, and
    other health professionals to report substandard practitioners

  • March 2004 - The Board is the Board
    "With State licensing boards, "The Board"can mean different things. Sometimes
    "the Board" means the agency as a whole. I often think of it as an institution,
    one built from the past contributions of many different people and demanding
    ongoing stewardship."

  • 2002 - Podiatric Medical Licensure
    "Licensing Boards Back Model Law"

  • 1997 - Podiatric Medical Licensure
    "Consumers Back Public Member Majority"