Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a crucial way for licensed physicians to expand their skill sets. The medical field is constantly evolving — developing new techniques and incorporating new technology into solutions — making it important to stay abreast of innovations and new treatment therapies. However, meeting CME requirements is not just a useful way to boost a career: it’s vital to meet these requirements to retain your medical license.
There are specific parameters which CME requirements need to meet. These requirements will vary by state. However, most states require the majority of your CME hours fall into Category I.
Category I demands a course or activity meet the standards of an organization that specializes in measuring CME participation. Category I CME credit will be awarded if there is clear educational value in the course or activity and the physician passes the minimum performance requirement. Of the guiding organizations, the American Medical Association (AMA) is at the forefront. An AMA credit must meet the standards of the Physician’s Recognition Award and must also have been certified to be an academically rigorous course or activity.
Many states require CRE credit to qualify as AMA PRA Category I. However, there are other organizations that provide Category I credit including AOA CME, AAFP, and those certified by the ACCME. Make sure to follow the guidelines of your state.
The need for course hours to maintain your medical license and further your skills doesn’t mean you need empty your savings or lose all free time. There are CME courses available for free or at low costs. You can also work CME requirements into your day by listening to audio programs on the go or reading online course material while you wait in line. This will help you tailor your education to your schedule and avoid travel costs to attend courses or conferences. Find a CME provider near you.
It is also possible to gain CRE credit from more creative activities outside of an accredited source. Here are some additional ways to earn Category I credit.
As a locum tenens physician, it’s important to remain on top of requirements and keep your medical license up to date. However, continuing your medical education doesn’t have to be tedious. Instead, view CME as a chance to learn new skills to advance your career.
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