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As a prerequisite for physician registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing medical education.
Physicians need to complete at least 48 credits of continuing medical education every 24 months (24 month timeline is in relation to the biennial registration period, not the calendar year). At least half of these hours must be in formal, category I or 1A courses. A physician must report during registration if she or he has completed the required CME. However, newly licensed physicians are exempt from the CME requirement the first time they register.
Documentation of CME courses shall be made available to the Board upon request (See the Spring 97 Newsletter article "Board Initiates CME Audits" avaliable in the TMB Bulletins), but should not be mailed with the registration payment. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.
24 Formal Category 1 or 1A hours:
Medical Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility
24 Informal Hours:
There is a maximum of 48 total excess credit hours that may be carried forward and a limit of two years from the date of the registration following the period during which the hours were earned. Excess hours are applied/reported according to their Category. See Board Rule 166.2 for additional information.
For Medical Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility CME Providers - Application for TMB Designation of CME as Medical Ethics or Professional Responsibility
A licensee shall be presumed to have complied with this section if in the preceding 36 months the licensee becomes board certified or recertified in a medical specialty and the medical specialty program meets the standards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Medical Association, the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists and Boards of Certification, or the American Osteopathic Association. This provision exempts the physician from all CME requirements, including the requirement involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility. This exemption is valid for a maximum of one registration.
Physicians in residency/fellowship training or who have completed such training within 6 months prior to their renewal application will satisfy the CME requirements by their residency or fellowship program.
A physician may request in writing an exemption* for the following reasons:
* Exemptions are subject to the approval of the executive director/medical director and must be requested in writing at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the license.
To be eligible for renewal, you must have completed 24 Formal Category 1 or 1A hours and 23 informal hours on a biennium basis.
There is a maximum of 48 total excess credit hours that may be carried forward and a limit of two years from the date of the registration following the period during which the hours were earned. Excess hours are applied/reported according to their Category.