In Utah, Continuing Medical Education (CME) plays a crucial role in ensuring that healthcare professionals stay current and deliver optimal patient care. 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 highest standards of medical practice. Healthcare providers in Utah engage in diverse 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. Utah's state CME requirements collectively ensure that healthcare practitioners remain well-informed, proficient, and contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare services in the Beehive State.


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

Credit amount: MDs and DOs must earn 40 hours of CME training per licensure cycle, with a minimum of 34 Category 1 CME hours.
CME/Year: 40
Hours/Year: 20
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: GME
Topics: Physicians who prescribe controlled substances are required to complete at least 3.5 hours of controlled substance prescribing CME each licensure cycle. Physicians must also complete at least 1 online suicide prevention training course from a list provided by the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). More than 30 CME credits can be earned in any subject area.

Learn about Utah’s governing bodies for CME

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

“administer and enforce specific laws related to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and professions.”

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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