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Credit Requirements

The Board of Medicine has established 6 categories of approved continuing medical education.  The following is a brief description of each category, the number of allowable hours that may be earned in each category during the 3-year period preceding license renewal, and examples of acceptable documentation.  Please note, SJMO can only grant Category 1 credits.

  • Category 1 - Maximum: 150 hours
    Continuing medical activities with accredited sponsorship – programs designated as Category 1 programs by a sponsor accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education or a State Medical Society – Certificate of Attendance.
    • Tutorial experience – must be approved by the board before commencement of the program – Letter from the tutor.
    • Specialty board certification or recertification – 50 hours of credit may be earned only during the year in which the licensee is advised he/she passed the examination – Certificate of Completion.
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  • Category 2 - Maximum: 36 hours
    Continuing medical activities with non-accredited sponsorship – the program must be submitted to the state board for approval – Certificate of Attendance.
  • Category 3 - Maximum: 48 hours
    Tutoring medical physicians under Category 1- Letter from a hospital or institution official.
    • Teaching medical physicians or teaching the allied health services – the hospital or institution must approve the teaching in an accredited residency program and the board must approve all other hospital or institutional instructional programs – Letter from residency program director.
  • Category 4 - Maximum: 48 hours
    Books, papers, and publications – A maximum of 24 hours may be earned for preparation and initial presentation of a formal original scientific paper before a professional meeting; a maximum of 24 hours may be earned for preparation and initial publication of an original scientific article or paper, or a chapter or part of a chapter in a book authored and published in a journal or other periodical publication – Copy of the document presented or published with evidence of presentation or publication; i.e., meeting and agenda or publication acceptance letter.
    • Exhibits – A maximum of 24 hours may be earned for preparation and initial presentation of a scientific exhibit at a professional meeting – Copy of meeting agenda or letter from professional organization official.
  • Category 5 - Maximum: 36 hours
    Self-assessment – A maximum of 18 hours may be earned for completion of a multimedia program approved by the board – Licensee’s signed statement describing multimedia program.
    • Self-instruction – A maximum of 18 hours may be earned for the independent reading of scientific journals – Licensee’s signed statement describing materials read.
    • Participation on the hospital staff committee dealing with quality patient care or utilization review – A maximum of 18 hours may be earned in this subcategory – Letter from a hospital administrator.
  • Category 6 - Maximum: 150 hours
    Full-time participation in a graduate training program – A maximum of 50 hours per year may be earned for satisfactorily participating in an accredited postgraduate training program with a minimum of 5 months participation per year required – Letter from program residency director.

Maintaining Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) License

To maintain a DO license, a candidate must complete 150 continuing education (CE) hours within the three-year period between license renewals. DO’s can complete their CE credits from three different education categories, and within each of the three categories are several subcategories of education:

  • Category OneMaximum: 150 hours, Minimum: 10 hours
    – up to 90 hours writing scientific papers and publications (10 credits per publication)
    – 90 hours teaching medicine
    – 90 hours inspecting osteopathic medical education programs
    – 90 hours in peer review activities in an osteopathic medical institution
  • Category TwoMaximum: 90 hours
    – conducting peer review activities in an allopathic medical institution
    – 90 hours of home study
    – conducting scientific exhibits (10 hours per exhibit)
    – completing 90 hours in formal non-osteopathic programs (e.g., internal medicine, general practice, general surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, pathology, radiology, and outpatient or emergency care) that do not include osteopathic principles and practice
  • Category ThreeMaximum: 50 hours
    – These programs involve postgraduate clinical training programs for participation as a full-time student (attending classes not less than five months per year)

For certified specialists, at least one-third of the continuing education credits must be in the specialty field.

American Osteopathic Association Credits

According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Osteopathic Physicians are eligible to earn AMA PRA Category 1 credit (s)ä and transfer it to either Category 1-B or Category 2-A.  To report ACCME programs for credit, a certificate of attendance or transcript must be provided to the AOA Division of CME.  Reporting of AOA CME credit is the responsibility of the physician.

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