In Rhode Island, Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a crucial component for healthcare professionals, ensuring they stay current with medical knowledge and advancements. The state's CME requirements mandate practitioners, including physicians, to accumulate a specified number of credits within designated timeframes for licensure maintenance. These requirements underscore a commitment to ongoing education and the highest standards of patient care. Healthcare providers in Rhode Island engage in various CME activities, such as conferences and online courses, aligning with the state's medical requirements. Physicians, integral to the healthcare landscape, have specific CME obligations, emphasizing their dedication to continuous professional development. Rhode Island's state CME requirements collectively ensure that healthcare practitioners remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare services in the Ocean State.


Rhode Island Physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements for Licensure Registration

Credit amount: 40 hours of Category 1 or AOA Category 1A CME credits per licensure cycle
CME/Year: 40
Hours/Year: 20
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, AOA, ABMS, SMS, NSS, GME
Topics: Must complete 4 hours of Category 1 or AOA Category 1A CME credits from a list of provided topics related to current public health needs.

2 credits: pain management, end of life, universal precautions, bioterrorism, OHSA, or ethics

Learn about Rhode Island’s governing bodies for CME

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

“prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.”

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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