In Ohio, Continuing Medical Education (CME) plays a crucial role in ensuring healthcare professionals stay abreast of medical advancements and provide optimal patient care. The state's CME requirements mandate practitioners, including physicians, to accumulate a specific number of credits within designated timeframes for licensure maintenance. Emphasizing a commitment to ongoing education, these requirements contribute to the continuous enhancement of patient care standards. Healthcare providers in Ohio engage in various CME activities, such as conferences and online courses, aligning with the state's medical requirements. Physicians, as integral contributors to the healthcare landscape, have specific CME obligations, underscoring their dedication to continuous professional development. Ohio's state CME requirements collectively ensure that healthcare practitioners remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare services in the Buckeye State.


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

Credit amount: 50 hours of CME credits per licensure cycle. For first time renewal, a licensee's required hours will be prorated based on the number of months for which the individual has been licensed.

Physicians renewing their license must complete 50 hours of CME designated by the AMA as AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, by the AOA as category 1-A or 2-A, or by the APMA as category 1. Physicians residing or practicing outside of Ohio, and physicians who are not currently practicing, must complete CME requirements if they wish to maintain their license. Reinstatement CME requires the above criteria within 24 months prior to submission and must be completed before reinstating a license.

CME/Year: 100
Hours/Year: 50
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA app, AOA
Topics: Complete one hour of CME on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct to the State Medical Board of Ohio. The remaining CME hours do not have specific topical requirements.

Learn about Ohio’s governing bodies for CME

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

“providing quality centralized services, specialized support and innovative solutions to state agencies, boards and commissions as well as local governments and state universities.”

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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