The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine Requirements

CE: 100 total credit hours of CME in the two-year license cycle [49 Pa. Code § 16.19(b)] (with license cycles ending on Dec. 31 of each even year [49 Pa. Code § 16.15(c)]). The 100 hours must include [49 Pa. Code § 16.19(b)(1)]:

  • 20 hours in AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM activities
  • 12 hours in activities related to patient safety or risk management and may be completed in either Category 1 or 2
  • two (2) hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements. [23 PA.C.S. P.L. 411, No. 31. § 6383(b)(3)(ii)]
  • two (2) hours of continuing education in pain management, identification of addiction or the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids as a portion of the total continuing education required for biennial renewal. [35 PA.C.S. P.L. 2911, No. 191, Section 9.1(a)(2)]
  • The remaining credit hours shall be completed in either Category 1 or Category 2 approved activities.
 

Approved activities in the area of patient safety and risk management may include the following topics:

  • Improving medical records and recordkeeping
  • Reducing medical errors
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • Improving communications
  • Preventative medicine
  • Healthcare quality improvement
 

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015, all persons applying for issuance of an initial license is required to complete three (3) hours of DPW-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure. [23 PA.C.S. P.L. 411, No. 31. § 6383(b)(3)(i)]

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017, Individuals applying for an initial license or certification issued by the licensing board, which license or certification authorizes the licensee or certificate holder to be a dispenser or prescriber, to submit, no later than 12 months after obtaining an initial license or certification, documentation acceptable to the licensing board of the completion of at least two (2) hours of education in pain management or identification of addiction and at least two (2) hours of education in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. [35 PA.C.S. P.L. 2911, No. 191, Section 9.1(a)(1)]

For more information visit The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.