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CME Requirements

The following information presents general CME requirement guidelines. This information is subject to change and is not meant to be an authoritative listing of all possible requirements. Physicians should consult the appropriate governing bodies, state medical licensing board and societies, specialty societies, individual facilities, and insurance boards as needed.

Emergency Physicians

American Medical Association

American College of Emergency Physicians

  • 150 hours of CME every three years to maintain active subscription. Of these, at least 60 hours must be ACEP Category 1.
  • The cycle is based on date of original subscription.
  • See also the ACEP website at http://www.acep.org.
  • Emergency Medicine Practice is approved for 48 ACEP Category 1 Credits per year.
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice is approved for  48 ACEP Category 1 Credits per year.
  • The LLSA Study Guide is approved for 35 ACEP Category 1 Credits.
  • See also the EB Store for additional resources with ACEP Category 1 Credit.

Family Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians

  • 150 hours of CME credit every three years. Of the required hours, 75 must be AAFP Prescribed credit.
  • As of August 2002, Emergency Medicine Practice has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 48 Prescribed credit hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • See also the AAFP Web site at http://www.aafp.org/.
  • Emergency Medicine Practice is approved for 48 AAFP Credits per year.

Osteopaths

American Osteopathic Association

  • All AOA members, other than those exempted, are required to participate in the CME program and to meet specified CME credit hour requirements. For members with a 150 CME hour requirement, 60 CME hours must be obtained in either Category 1-A or 1-B with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Category 1-A. The remaining 90 hours of the CME requirement may be accumulated in Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A or 2-B.
  • Physicians who are board certified must earn a minimum of 50 credit hours (Category 1 or 2) in their primary specialty
  • See also the AOA Web site at http://www.aoa-net.org/
  • Emergency Medicine Practice is approved for 48 AOA Category 2A or 2B CME Credits per year.
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice is approved for 48 AOA Category 2A or 2B CME Credits per year.
  • EM Critical Care is approved for 18 AOA Category 2A or 2B CME Credits per year.
  • EM Practice Guidelines Update is approved for 24 AOA Category 2A or 2B CME Credits per year.
  • The LLSA Study Guide is approved for 35 AOA Category 2A or 2B CME Credits per year.

Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • 100 credits every two years. Of those 100, 80 must be clinical and 50 must be Category I (including at least 40 clinical).
  • Two-year certification cycle dependent on date of graduation (deadline of June 30).
  • States may have additional requirements.
  •  Emergency Medicine Practice can be used as Category I credit. The AAPA accepts Category I credit that is awarded for the AMA PRA by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
  • See also the AAPA Web site at http://www.aapa.org/.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

 

Nurse Practitioners

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

  • 1000 clinical hours and 75 CEUs every five years.
  • Some acceptable accreditors: AMA, ACCME, ANCC, AANP, AAFP, AACN, State Boards, Nurse Practitioner of Women's Health, Pediatric Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  • See also the AANP website at http://www.aanp.org.

 

Registered Nurses

 

Canadian Requirements

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

  • 400 credits every five years.
  • Cycle starts on January 1 after physician joins RCPSC.
  • There are six different categories of credits, with maximum allotments in some categories.
  •  Emergency Medicine Practice can be used for Section 2 ("Other Learning Activities"), which provides one credit for each hour of participation, with a maximum of 100 credits per 5 years.
  • See also the RCPSC Web site at http://rcpsc.medical.org/.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada

  • 250 credits every five years.
  • Cycle starts on next birthday after physician joins CFPC.
  • At least 125 credits must be MAINPRO-M1 (including 24 MAINPRO-C for certificants).
  • Emergency Medicine Practice can be used for MAINPRO-M2 (unaccredited activities).
  • See also the CFPC Web site at http://www.cfpc.ca.

 

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