Continuing Medical Education consists of educational activities, which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance, and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.
In accordance with Board regulation 201 KAR 9:310, as of January 1, 1994, all physicians who maintain an active Kentucky medical or osteopathic license are required to complete 60 hours of CME every three years, with 30 hours being certified in AMA or AOA Category 1 by an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education or the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education. The remaining hours may be in Category I or Category II hours. State specific CME hours are defined below:
In lieu of the 60-hour requirement, the Board will accept the following:
AMA or AOA Category 1 CME activities must be designated by an accredited sponsor and must meet the following requirements:
The remaining hours may consist of non‑supervised personal learning activities (Category II). They can include self‑instruction, audio‑visual materials, television and radio broadcasts, programmed medical education materials, consultation, use of databases and other computer‑based materials, patient care review, self‑assessment, teaching, articles, publications, books, exhibits and CME lectures and seminars.
At the end of each three-year cycle you will be sent a form along with your annual renewal licensure application asking if you have completed your CME requirements. The current cycle is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2017. After April 1, 2017, you may be required to provide satisfactory evidence that in the preceding three years you have attained the required CME certification. The Board will provide a form to be filled out by physicians who through a random search will be audited and at that time those chosen for audit by the Board will be expected to produce evidence of completing the necessary requirements. It is important that you have documentation on hand to provide if audited. Please do not send documentation to the Board unless requested.
The Board may grant an extension of time to a physician who for sufficient cause has not yet received CME certification. At the end of a designated CME cycle a physician must request an extension by April 1st following the three year CME cycle. The fee to request an extension is $100.
The licensee who fails to timely complete the CME requirement and fails to obtain an extension of time shall be fined a minimum of $200.00 and given six months to come into compliance. After the six-month period, should the licensee still not be in compliance, his or her license shall be immediately suspended until such time as verifiable evidence is submitted indicating completion of the CME requirement. Under no circumstances will waivers be granted from this requirement.
Yes, there are no provisions for retired physicians who maintain an active license in the Commonwealth. All physicians holding a current Kentucky license are require to complete the 60 hours of CME during each three year cycle.
If you should require additional information concerning Category approval please contact the Kentucky Medical Association’s CME Department, 4965 US Highway 42, Suite 2000, Louisville, Kentucky 40222, (502) 426‑6200, The American Medical Association, 515 N State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610, (312) 464‑4672 or the American Osteopathic Association, Main Headquarters, 142 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773. For a list of HIV/AIDS approved courses, please contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 275 E. Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621, (502) 564-6539. Other inquires may be submitted to the Board’s office at (502) 429-7150.