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

Credit amount: 40 hours of Category 1 CME credits per licensure cycle.
  • CME hours are prorated for licenses that were issued for fewer than the full licensure cycle of 2 years.
CME/Year: 40
Hours/Year: 20
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA, ABMS (cert and recert), GME
Topics: Must complete 2 hours of training in child abuse identification in the previous five years. A primary care provider must complete 2 hours of training in dependent adult abuse identification and reporting in the previous five years.
  • The board will accept as equivalent to 50 hours of Category 1 activity, participation in an approved resident training program or board certification or recertification by an ABMS or AOA specialty board within the licensing period.
  • Iowa-licensed physicians who provide primary care must complete 2 hours of Category 1 training in end-of-life care every five years and must complete CME focused on the CDC guideline for proper opioid prescribing.

Training for identifying and reporting abuse is required every 5 years for EM, FM, FP, IM, OB/GYN, Psych, & primary care service

Learn about Iowa’s governing bodies for CME

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

“license physicians and regulate the practice of medicine.”

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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