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Texas State Board of
Podiatric Medical Examiners

Physical Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite #2-320; Austin, Texas 78701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12216; Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512)-305-7000
Facsimile: (512)-305-7003
www.tsbpme.texas.gov

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Mission & Philosophy

 

GOVERNOR’S MISSION

TEXAS STATE GOVERNMENT MUST BE LIMITED, EFFICIENT, AND COMPLETELY ACCOUNTABLE.  IT SHOULD FOSTER OPPORTUNITY AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, FOCUS ON CRITICAL PRIORITIES, AND SUPPORT THE CREATION OF STRONG FAMILY ENVIRONMENTS FOR OUR CHILDREN.  THE STEWARDS OF THE PUBLIC TRUST MUST BE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ADMINISTER STATE GOVERNMENT IN A FAIR, JUST, AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER.  TO HONOR THE PUBLIC TRUST, STATE OFFICIALS MUST SEEK NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO MEET STATE GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER.

“Aim high…We are not here to achieve inconsequential things!”

GOVERNOR’S PHILOSOPHY

The task before all state public servants is to govern in a manner worthy of this great state.  We are a great enterprise, and as an enterprise we will promote the following core principles:

First and foremost, Texas matters most.  This is the overarching, guiding principle by which we will make decisions.  Our state, and its future, is more important than party, politics, or individual recognition.

Government should be limited in size and mission, but it must be highly effective in performing the tasks it undertakes.

Decisions affecting individual Texans, in most instances, are best made by those individuals, their families, and the local government closest to their communities.

Competition is the greatest incentive for achievement and excellence.  It inspires ingenuity and requires individuals to set their sights high.  And just as competition inspires excellence, a sense of personal responsibility drives individual citizens to do more for their future and the future of those they love.

Public administration must be open and honest, pursuing the high road rather than the expedient course.  We must be accountable to taxpayers for our actions.

State government has a responsibility to safeguard taxpayer dollars by eliminating waste and abuse, and providing efficient and honest government.

Finally, state government should be humble, recognizing that all its power and authority is granted to it by the people of Texas, and those who make decisions wielding the power of the state should exercise their authority cautiously and fairly.

“Pathway To Prosperity: The Statewide Strategic Planning Elements For Texas State Government”

AGENCY MISSION

The mission of the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners is to assure quality “Podiatric Medical Care” for the citizens of the State of Texas.  The Board fulfills its mission through the regulation of the practice of “Podiatric Medicine.”  This mission, derived from the Podiatric Medical Practice Act (Texas Occupations Code Chapter 202) and the Board Rules (Title 22, Part 18, Texas Administrative Code), supersedes the interest of any individual, the podiatric medical profession, or any special interest group. Podiatric Medicine is an important, unique and integral part of any patient’s overall health as problems involving the Foot & Ankle can affect the functions of the entire human body.

Although the Board’s principal enforcement statute is Texas Occupations Code Chapter 202, the Board also investigates and enforces provisions related to Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53, the Texas Penal Code, the Texas Health & Safety Code, the Texas Government Code and other provisions related to Federal Mandates (Social Security Act; Medicare; Medicaid); other state statutes. If a matter involves a Podiatrist or the practice of Podiatric Medicine, then the Board has a jurisdictional responsibility to regulate (spirit of Governor Perry’s July 2004 Executive Order “RP-36”).

AGENCY PHILOSOPHY

The Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners is the state agency entrusted with the responsibility of licensing Podiatric Physicians and regulating Podiatric Medicine in Texas.  This goal is accomplished by means of a fair, aggressive and comprehensive testing, licensing and enforcement program that guarantees that only qualified professionals are granted licensure and can practice Podiatric Medicine in Texas.  We are a small state agency, headed by an Executive Director, who reports to a nine-member Board. The Board is composed of six Podiatric Physicians and three Public Members. Each of the Board Members are appointed to the Board by the Governor of Texas and confirmed by the Texas Senate for a term of six-years.

We affirm that regulation is a public and private trust. We strive to regulate aggressively but fairly, minimally but effectively. Consumers, professionals and the public alike can be assured of a balanced and sensible approach to regulation; an approach that demands the highest standards of professional conduct and personal ethics, an approach that ensures equal opportunity for all employees and licensees, balances the rightful concern of society with the rights of individuals, and is open, honest, accountable, responsive and mindful of the efficient use of licensee fees.

We ensure that our licensees maintain the highest standards of professional conduct and expertise, so that consumers receive the best possible medical care at the best possible price, and so that Podiatric Physicians can be assured among themselves that they are members of a community of health care providers respected and trusted by the citizens of Texas. Our philosophy focuses on promulgating clear and comprehensive rules that can be understood and followed without ambiguity by our licensees, and on the vigorous enforcement of our Rules and Statute.