CME Requirements

Continuing Medical Education – Medical Doctors

The following information regarding required CME applies to all medical doctor licensees. All Active and Inactive status physicians must complete all required CME in advance of renewal.  The term “reporting period” means the two-year period preceding the renewal deadline for a license issued by the Board. For example, if a license is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2018, the reporting period is July 1, 2016 through the 2018 renewal deadline.

Mandatory Controlled Substance CME for all Licensees

Physicians who have prescribed, administered, or dispensed any controlled substance in any jurisdiction in the two year license cycle preceding renewal, are required to complete three hours of Board-approved CME in drug diversion and best practices prescribing of controlled substances during each reporting period. This is not a one-time only requirement. For 2018 license renewal applicants, this course must be completed during the reporting period of July 1, 2016 through the date a renewal application is submitted. The Board maintains a list of all three-hour courses that have been approved by the Board and which were available for completion during the reporting period for physicians renewing in 2018.  To review a listing of previous and upcoming conferences which satisfy this CME requirement, as well as the available online courses, click on the appropriate link below.

List of Board-approved CME courses which satisfy the three-hour Drug Diversion Training and Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances requirement for licensees whose last name begins with the letter A through L, and who will be renewing on or before June 29, 2018.

List of Board-approved CME courses which satisfy the three-hour Drug Diversion Training and Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances requirement for medical doctor licensees whose last name begins with the letter M through Z, and all podiatric physicians, and who will be completing licensure renewal in 2019.

Master List of all Board-approved CME courses which satisfy the three-hour Drug Diversion Training and Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances requirement from September 2012 through the present.

A physician who has not prescribed any controlled substances whatsoever during the reporting period may seek a waiver of this requirement by attesting on the renewal application that he or she  has not prescribed, administered or dispensed any controlled substances whatsoever since July 1, 2016.    

In addition to the mandatory drug diversion training and best practices prescribing of controlled substances course, there are four pathways to satisfy the biennial CME obligation.   

Option 1 Classic CME

Complete 50 hours of CME which is designated as Category I by the AMA or AAFP during the reporting period. 

  • 30 hours of CME must be in the physician’s area or areas of specialty.  
  • Physicians may count up to 20 hours of medical student teaching/preceptorship in the 50-hour total.
  • The 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion best practices prescribing of controlled substances can be used for 3 of the 50 CME hours.

 

Option 2 ABMS Certification/Recertification Exam

A physician may satisfy all CME requirements except the 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion best practices prescribing of controlled substances requirement by sitting for and passing a certification or recertification examination of an ABMS member board and receiving certification or recertification during the relevant reporting period. For 2018 license renewal applicants, this reporting period is July 1, 2016 through the date a renewal application is submitted.   

Option 3 Active Participation in MOC

A physician may satisfy all CME requirements except the 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion best practices prescribing of controlled substances requirement through documentation of successful involvement in maintenance of certification (MOC) from an ABMS member board during the relevant reporting period.  For 2018 license renewal applicants, this reporting period is July 1, 2016 through the date a renewal application is submitted.      

Option 4 One Full Year of ACGME Approved Training

A physician may satisfy all required CME hours except the 3-hour Board-approved drug diversion best practices prescribing of controlled substances requirement by documentation of successful completion of one full year of ACGME approved postgraduate training during the reporting period. For 2018 license renewal applicants, this reporting period is July 1, 2016 through the date a renewal application is submitted.