In Illinois, Continuing Medical Education (CME) is an essential component of healthcare professionals' commitment to ongoing learning and the delivery of high-quality patient care. The state's CME requirements mandate physicians to accumulate a specific number of credits within designated timeframes for licensure maintenance. This commitment underscores the importance of staying current with medical advancements and maintaining the highest standards of practice.Illinois' CME medical requirements cover a diverse range of educational activities, including conferences, workshops, and online courses. Physicians actively engage in fulfilling their specific CME obligations, demonstrating their dedication to continuous professional development. The state's CME licensure requirements collectively ensure that healthcare practitioners in Illinois remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the enhancement of healthcare services throughout the state.


Illinois Physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements for Licensure Registration

Credit amount: 150 hours of CME credits per licensure cycle. There are no CME requirements for first time license renewals.
CME/Year: 150
Hours/Year: 50
Licensure cycle: 3 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA, SMS, NSS, GME
Topics: As of January 1, 2020, physicians in Illinois must complete 3 CME hours in safe opioid prescribing practices and 1 CME in sexual harassment prevention. Over 100 CME credits can be taken on any topic.

Learn about Illinois’s governing bodies for CME

The Illinois Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of Illinois are Illinois’s governing bodies for CME and medical license requirements. Their mission is to:

“licenses and regulates over 1 million professionals and firms in Illinois including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors and nurses.”

Additional information can be found on their website which includes information pertaining to basic requirements, educational requirements, frequently asked questions, requests for license verification, and more.

All information from Federation of State Medical Boards is subjected to change. It should be verified independently.


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