In Pennsylvania, Continuing Medical Education (CME) is integral to the ongoing professional development of healthcare practitioners, ensuring they stay current with medical knowledge and advancements. The state's CME requirements mandate physicians and other healthcare professionals to accumulate a specific number of credits within designated timeframes for licensure maintenance. These requirements reflect a commitment to lifelong learning and the highest standards of patient care. Pennsylvania's CME medical requirements encompass diverse activities, including conferences and online courses, allowing practitioners to stay abreast of advancements in their fields. Physicians, as key contributors to the healthcare landscape, have specific CME obligations, emphasizing their dedication to continuous education. Overall, Pennsylvania's state CME requirements ensure that healthcare practitioners remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare services in the Keystone State.


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

Credit amount: 100 hours of CME credits per licensure cycle. MDs must complete at least 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ hours and DOs must complete at least 20 AOA Category 1-A credit hours.

Physicians renewing their license for the first time are only required to complete 2 hours of board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements.

CME/Year: 100
Hours/Year: 50
Licensure cycle: Biennial
Equivalent Certificates: SMS, GME
  • 12 hours of CME focused on patient safety or risk management
  • 2 hours of board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements
  • 2 hours of education pertaining to pain management, the identification of addiction or in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids (required for all prescribers or dispensers)

Learn about Pennsylvania’s governing bodies for CME

The Pennsylvania Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of Pennsylvania are Pennsylvania’s governing bodies for CME and medical license requirements.

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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