Most dermatologists have to earn a minimum number of continuing medical education (CME) credits to maintain medical licensure in their states*. Many states require CME in specific areas in addition to an overall numeric requirement. A few states now require physicians to complete CME in risk management.
This requirement is effective for all physicians in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and for osteopathic physicians in Florida. Connecticut requires physicians to complete an hour of risk-management CME every two years. Massachusetts requires “10 credit hours of risk management study, at least four hours of which must be in Category 1-approved activities,” and its guidelines note that “Risk-management study must include instruction in medical malpractice prevention, such as risk identification, patient safety and loss prevention.” The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine lists topics that qualify, including:
- Medical ethics
- Quality assurance
- Medical-legal issues
- Patient relations
- Utilization review that directly relates to quality assurance
- Non-economic aspects of practice management
Pennsylvania requires physicians to complete 12 hours in risk management and/or patient safety every two years. The Pennsylvania Medical Society offers the following topics that qualify:
- Improving medical records and record keeping
- Reducing medical errors
- Professional conduct and ethics
- Improving communication among physicians and with other health care personnel
- Communication between physicians and patients
- Preventive medicine education
- Health care quality improvement
Osteopaths in Florida must complete one hour in risk-management CME every two years. This must be completed through the completion of live, participatory attendance courses.
Check with your state’s medical board to get specifics regarding how to meet the requirements.
*These requirements vary by state and a complete list is available online. Physicians are advised to check with their state medical boards to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.
AMA offers CME for MOC completion, course development
The American Medical Association (AMA) offers direct credit to physicians who complete the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process and those who participate in the development of educational courses. Physicians can apply for this credit directly from the AMA; a processing fee applies.
Physicians who complete an MOC cycle after Sept. 1 can receive 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, up from 25 credits prior to that date.
Physicians also can apply to the AMA for two credits for every hour of teaching at a live activity they complete. Credit is awarded only for preparing and presenting an original presentation and may only be claimed once for a repeated presentation. Physicians can earn 10 credits for being a lead author of a peer-reviewed article. Information about these credits is available on the AMA's website.