Continuing Medical Education for Licensure

Did you know that in 2008, 61 state licensing boards will require continuing medical education (CME) for licensure or licensure renewal? Some states also require specific courses such as HIV/AIDS, risk management, or preparedness for terrorism and mass casualty events.

The most common method for physicians to report that they have met their CME requirements to licensing boards is through the license application or renewal application. Generally you are not required to submit documentation; most licensing boards perform a random audit at which time you must supply proof of CME courses.

CME requirements vary from state to state and year to year; we recommend that you check with each state in which you are or plan to be licensed. The AMA maintains a comprehensive list of state requirements. Check it out as you make your licensing plans: