The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs State Board of Medical Examiners Requirements

In 2002, a law was enacted requiring continuing medical education as a condition for biennial registration renewal. For the registration cycle 2003-2005, physicians and podiatrists were required to complete 50 credits/hours of continuing medical education (CME). At least 20 credits/hours of the requirement had to be Category I and up to 30 credits/hours could be Category II.
 
For registration cycles beginning in 2005 and thereafter, physicians and podiatrists must complete 100 credits of continuing medical education at least 40 of which must be Category I and up to 60 of which can be Category II.
 
Commencing with this biennial renewal period which started on July 1, 2013, two of the 40 credits in Category I courses shall be in programs or topics related to end-of-life care.
 
There is a one-time requirement for cultural competency training.  Physicians licensed on or before June 29, 2007 and podiatrists licensed on or before October 30, 2007 are required to comply with the cultural competency training requirement by the next license renewal after March 24, 2008. Physicians licensed on or after June 30, 2007 and podiatrists licensed on or after October 31, 2007 are required to comply with the requirement by the end of the next complete renewal cycle after licensure. For more information on this requirement, visit the continuing medical education page.
 
There are 6 specific topics (AMA PRA Category 1TM courses acceptable) that must be covered in the accredited cultural competency CME in order to meet the Board requirements.
1. A context for the training, common definitions of cultural competence, race, ethnicity and culture and tools for self assessment.
2. An appreciation for the traditions and beliefs of diverse patient populations, at multiple levels- as individuals, in families and as part of a larger community.
3. An understanding of the impact that stereotyping can have on medical decision making.
4. Strategies for recognizing patterns of health care disparities and eliminating factors influencing them.
5. Approaches to enhance cross-cultural skills, such as those relating to history-taking, problem solving and promoting patient compliance.
6. Techniques to deal with language barriers and other communication needs, including working with interpreters.
 
For Physicians licensed prior to March 24, 2005 the cultural competency training requirement cannot be included in the 100 hour CME requirement for licensure renewal. The law specifically required that this group of physicians complete this training in addition to the usual CME required for re-licensure.
 
For Physicians licensed after March 24th, 2005 the cultural competency training requirement can be included in the 100 hour CME requirement for licensure renewal.
 
 
Licenses must be renewed every two years.