Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine License Renewal
   Continuing Medical Education Requirements:

Medical Doctors (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018)   Osteopathic Doctors (November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2018)

100 total credit hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) in the two-year license cycle including:

      A minimum of 20 of the total credit hours in  AMA PRA Category 1

     12 credit hours in the areas of patient safety/risk management (AMA PRA Category 1™ or AMA PRA Category 2)

     2 credit hours of approved Child Abuse Recognition Training                       Approved Course List - Excel format / Pdf format

      PAMED Child Abuse CME Course (for PAMED members only)

       AMA PRA Category 1™ vs. AMA PRA Category 2™ are defined by the American Medical Association (AMA)

Category 1 activities are designated by an accredited provider. Examples include attendance and presentations at a conference where Category 1 will be given. Physicians may also earn credit for publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal and meritorious learning experiences that have been pre-approved for credit.

Category 2 activities, by contrast, have not been formally designated by an accredited provider for category 1 credit. Category 2 CME credit is self-assigned, self-recorded, and self-calculated by the physician. Individual physicians may claim Category 2 credit for learning experiences that have improved the care they provide their patients. Category 2 activities include reading journal article and consulting colleagues.

Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 2™ Credit for such learning activities as:

  • Attending non-cme accredited medical education programs
  • Teaching residents, medical students or other health professionals
  • Unstructured online searching and learning
  • Reading authoritative medical literature
  • Consultation with peers and medical experts
  • Small group discussions
  • Self assessment activities
  • Medical writing
  • Research
  • Participating in live activities not designated for AMA PRA Category 1™ Credit

Physicians determine the number of credits by claiming one (1) Category 2 Credit for each 60-minute hour engaged in the learning activity.         Physicians may claim credit in 15 minute increments, or .25 credit hours, and should round to the nearest quarter hour. Category 2 credit             hours can be documented in the form of a physician log. 60 minutes equals 1 credit.


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