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CME'S FAQ

 

1. Question: Why do I need CME's? (back to top)
  Answer: CME's serve to maintain, develop or increase knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession, and are within the basic medical sciences, the disciplines of medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.
   
2. Question: How many CME's do I need if I want to renew my license? (back to top)
  Answer: 50 Category 1 CME's
   
3. Question: When do I need to earn my CME's? (back to top)
  Answer: Two years immediately preceding the submission of your renewal or reinstatement application.
   
4. Question: Am I required to earn CME hours if I was recently licensed/reinstated? (back to top)
  Answer: No. The CME requirement will apply to all renewal and reinstatement applications after the first renewal or in the case of an applicant who has never renewed, after initial medical licensure. First time renewing physicians are required to complete the online New Physician Orientation Program prior to the renewal of a license.
   
5. Question: Do I need CME hours if I am retired but want to keep my license active? (back to top)
  Answer: If you wish to keep your license active, you must renew your license. Before you renew your license, you must earn at least 50 Category 1 CME's.
   
6. Question: I just completed a residency program, does this satisfy my CME requirement? (back to top)
  Answer: Yes. One year of full-time service in accredited training program earns 50 Category 1 CME's and full-time service for a portion of a year earns 1 credit hour per week.
   
7. Question: Will my licensed be renewed if I have not earned 50 CME's? (back to top)
  Answer: If you wish to renew your license, you must earn at least 50 Category 1 CME's before applying for renewal. The renewal application asks you to certify that you earned 50 Category 1 CME's. If you answered that you earned the required CME's and you did not, you have falsified your application. Be advised that you may be selected to participate in a random CME audit. If the audit reveals that you did not earn at least 50 CME's during your renewal period and you stated that you did, you may be subject to disciplinary action.
   
8. Question:What does the Board recognize as Category 1 CME's? (back to top)
 

Answer: The Board recognizes for Category 1 activities that meet at least one of the following criteria:

 

 
a. The activity (ies) should be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME);
b. The activity (ies) can be sponsored by an international, national or state medical society that meets the standards adopted by ACCME;
c. One year of full-time service in accredited training program earns 50 Category 1 CME's; Full-time service for a portion of a year earns 1 credit hour per week.
d. A program of self-instruction to prepare for an approved board certification of recertification examination can earn up to a maximum of 10 credit hours;
e. A service performed, without compensation, under the auspices of a peer review, focused professional education, or physician rehabilitation committee of Med-Chi can earn up to a maximum of 10 credit hours;
f. A service performed, without compensation, as a preceptor to medical students in LCME-accredited medical schools and to postgraduate trainees in accredited training programs can earn up to a maximum of 10 credit hours.
g. A service performed, without compensation, by a Board designee that involves medical review for the Board can earn up to maximum of 10 credit hours.
   
9. Question: How long must I retain my CME documentation? (back to top)
  Answer: You must retain the documentation for at least 6 years for possible inspection by the Board.

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