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Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners:
An Inventory of Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners Minutes at the Texas State Archives, 1923-1939, 1982-1997, 1999-2000, 2006-2007
In 1923 the 38th Texas Legislature passed the "Act to Define and Regulate the Practice of Chiropody" (House Bill 487). Under the terms of this law a five-member Texas State Board of Chiropody Examiners was created to administer the examinations and license those seeking to practice chiropody in Texas. Membership of the Board consisted of three members of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and two chiropodists appointed by the Board of Medical Examiners. The secretary of the Board of Medical Examiners served as the Chiropody Board's secretary. The Chiropody Practice Act, as amended in 1951, defined a chiropodist as "anyone who treats or offers to treat any disease, physical injury or deformity or ailment of the human foot by any system or method."
In 1939 (House Bill 195, 46th Legislature, Regular Session) the board was made a separate, independent state agency, the Texas State Board of Chiropody Examiners, composed of six reputable practicing chiropodists residing in Texas who had been in practice for at least five years, and who could not be faculty members of a chiropody or medical college, or have financial interests in such an institution.
In 1967 the name was changed to Texas State Board of Podiatry Examiners (Senate Bill 80, 60th Legislature, Regular Session), and in 1995 to Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (Senate Bill 673, 74th Legislature, Regular Session). As of 1981 (House Bill 866, 67th Legislature, Regular Session), the Board has been composed of six podiatric physicians and three consumer members, each appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for overlapping six-year terms. The board conducts exams in podiatric medicine, issues and renews licenses, revokes licenses for due cause, prosecutes persons who violate the act, collects license and renewal fees, adopts rules and regulations governing the practice of podiatric medicine, and registers podiatric medical personnel who administer X-rays.
(Sources include the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the enabling legislation (1939, 1967, 1981, and 1995); and the agency website, at http://www.foot.state.tx.us/index.htm (accessed April 2, 2008).)
The Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners conducts exams in podiatric medicine, issues and renews licenses, revokes licenses for due cause, prosecutes persons who violate the act, collects license and renewal fees, and adopts rules and regulations governing the practice of podiatric medicine. All of these functions are documented by these records, which comprise the minutes of the board, dating 1923-1939 (for the Board of Chiropody Examiners) and 1982-1997, 1999-2000, and 2006-2007 (for the Board of Podiatric Examiners/Podiatric Medical Examiners).
The minutes record, in fairly summary fashion, the actions of the board at each of its meetings, including the following: inspection and acceptance or rejection of credentials of applicants; reports from the president, the vice-president, and the executive director, concerning the status of complaints and investigations, the enforcement of rules, proposed legislation, pending litigation, and other matters; reports from the treasurer; the proposal, amendment, and acceptance of rules (usually accompanied by the text of those rules); the administering of the examination (including the grades on the Chiropodists exams); and the granting of licenses to practice podiatry in Texas.
The following sizable gaps exist in the holdings of the Texas State Archives: 1940-1967 (for the Texas State Board of Chiropody Examiners); 1967-1981 (for the Texas State Board of Podiatric Examiners); and 1998 thru February 1999, November 2000 thru October 2005, and February 2007 (for the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners).
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
(Identify the item), Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners minutes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 1981/207, 2005/056, 2006/389, 2007/101, 2007/141, 2008/114
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners on August 14, 1981; by the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners on August 7, 2006; February 27, 2007; and April 2, 2008; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on November 3, 2004; and March 20, 2007.
Tony Black, April 2004, June 2005, April 2008
The Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners has mounted some of its minutes on the agency web site ( http://www.foot.state.tx.us/info.minutes.htm). As of April 2008, this included August 2004-July 2005.
When the other side of the page in the minute books contained Texas State Board of Medical Examiners minutes, the Texas State Board of Chiropody Examiners minutes were photocopied and the original remained with Medical Examiners minutes.
The Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners maintains the record copies of their minutes.