In South Carolina, Continuing Medical Education (CME) is integral to maintaining the highest standards of healthcare. The state's CME requirements mandate healthcare practitioners, including physicians, to accumulate a specific number of credits within designated timeframes for licensure maintenance. These requirements underscore a commitment to ongoing education and the continuous enhancement of patient care standards. Healthcare providers in South Carolina engage in diverse CME activities, such as conferences and online courses, aligning with the state's medical requirements. Physicians, essential contributors to the healthcare landscape, have specific CME obligations, emphasizing their dedication to continuous professional development. South Carolina's state CME requirements collectively ensure that healthcare practitioners remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare services in the Palmetto State.


South Carolina Physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements for Licensure Registration

Credit amount: 40 hours of AMA PRA Category 1™ and/or AOA Category 1 CME credits per licensure cycle
CME/Year: 40
Hours/Year: 20
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: ABMS, GME
Topics: In addition to requiring AMA PRA Category 1™ and/or AOA Category 1 CME hours, 30 hours of the required 40 must be on topics pertaining to the physician’s specialty. Physicians must complete 3 CME training hours each renewal cycle on the topic of safe prescribing and monitoring of controlled substances.

Learn about South Carolina’s governing bodies for CME

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

“protect the public and fulfill two major functions: (1) licensing physicians (M.D. and D.O.), physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, respiratory care practitioners, registered cardiovascular invasive specialists, acupuncturists, auricular therapists, and auricular detoxification specialists; and (2) investigating and disciplining licensees found to be engaged in misconduct as defined in the professions' respective practice acts.”

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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