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


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

Credit amount:
  • For MDs, West Virginia requires 50 Category 1 CME hours per licensure cycle.
  • For DOs, West Virginia requires 32 CME hours per licensure cycle, 16 hours of which must be AOA Category 1A or 1B CME.
CME/Year: 50
Hours/Year: 25
Licensure cycle: 2 years
Equivalent Certificates: AMA PRA
  • For MDs, 30 CME hours in physician’s area or areas of specialty, as well as 3-hour board-approved CME in drug diversion training and best-practice prescribing of controlled substances.
  • For DOs, 3-hour board-approved CME on the topic of controlled substances is required for any licensee who has prescribed, administered or dispensed a controlled substance during the last two-year licensing period.

One-time requirement for two credits in end-of-life care, and pain management, and 30 credits for physician's designated specialty

Learn about West Virginia’s governing bodies for CME

The West Virginia Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of West Virginia are West Virginia’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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