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


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

Credit amount: 60 CME course hours per licensure period. There are no requirements for first time renewals.
CME/Year: 60
Hours/Year: 30
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA app, GME
Topics: All 60 CME hours may be type 1 hour, no more than 30 type 2 hours are allowed. Licensees regardless of specialty must complete 2 hours of a type 1 controlled substance course. Roughly, 50 CME credits can be taken on any topic area.

Learn about Virginia’s governing bodies for CME

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

“ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.”

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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