In Kentucky, Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a vital component of healthcare professionals' commitment to ongoing learning and the delivery of high-quality patient care. The state's CME requirements mandate physicians and other healthcare practitioners to accrue a specified 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.Kentucky's CME medical requirements encompass various educational activities, including conferences, workshops, and online courses. Physicians, as key contributors to the healthcare landscape, have specific CME obligations, emphasizing their dedication to continuous professional development. The state's CME licensure requirements play a crucial role in ensuring that healthcare practitioners in Kentucky remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the enhancement of healthcare services across the Commonwealth.


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

Credit amount: 60 hours of CME credits per licensure cycle.
CME/Year: 60
Hours/Year: 20
Licensure cycle: 3 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA, AOA, NSS, GME
Topics: HB 1 requires a minimum of 4.5 hours every licensing cycle for physicians who are authorized to prescribe or dispense controlled substances. HB 157 requires pediatricians, family practitioners, urgent care physicians, emergency medicine, & radiologists to complete 1 hour of training on KBML-approved abusive head trauma. Primary care physicians should complete a 3-hour domestic violence training course within 3 years of the date of initial licensure.
  • Primary care physicians who were licensed after July 1, 1996 are required to complete 3 hours of domestic violence CME within 3 years of their initial licensure.
  • There are 4.5 hours of prescribing controlled substances CME for physicians who are authorized to prescribe or distribute controlled substances in Kentucky. This CME is required every three year CME cycle period.
  • Pediatricians, radiologists, family practitioners, emergency medicine and urgent care physicians are required to complete 1 hour of pediatric abusive head trauma CME within 5 years of initial licensure.

Learn about Kentucky’s governing bodies for CME

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

“protect the public by ensuring that only qualified medical and osteopathic physicians are licensed and initiating disciplinary action when violations of the Medical Practice Act occur.”

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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