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CME Requirements for Physicians by State

Posted on: May 27, 2021

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You’ve landed a choice assignment in a dream location - the spot you’ve always wished for. In fact, the state’s been on your bucket list since you started at Barton Associates.

In order to obtain a state license, you’ll need to have not only enough continuing medical education (CME) hours, but also the right courses.

Here’s a rundown of the number of CMEs needed for licensure for each state. Some requirements may be waived if you’re applying for a temporary license in states where that’s an option. If you click on the state you can read the specifics on types of CMEs that are acceptable (AMA Category 1, AOA Category 1 or 2, etc.).

More information about the requirement to have CMEs in special topics (opiate prescribing, infectious disease, end-of-life care, etc.) is also available by clicking on the state. Many states offer online courses on these topics or provide links to courses on their websites.

The information is displayed below in order of state, hours, and special topics needed.

Alabama - 25/year - Yes

Alaska - 25/year - Yes

Arizona - 40/2 years - Yes

Arkansas - 20/year - Yes

California - 50/2 years - Yes

Colorado has no CME requirements for physicians.

Connecticut - 50/2 years - Yes

Delaware - 40/2 years - Yes

District of Columbia - 50/2 years - Yes

Florida - 40/2 years - Yes

Georgia - 40/2 years - No

Hawaii - 40/2 years - No

Idaho - 40/2 years - No

Illinois - 150/3 years - No

Indiana - 2/2 years - Yes

Iowa - 40/2 years - Yes

Kansas - 50/year - No

Kentucky - 60/3 years - Yes

Louisiana - 20/year - Yes

Maine - 100/2 years - Yes

Maryland - 50/2 years - Yes

Massachusetts - 50/2 years - Yes

Michigan - 150/3 years - Yes

Minnesota - 75/3 year - No

Mississippi - 40/2 years - Yes

Missouri - 50/2 years - Yes

Montana has no CME requirements for physicians.

Nebraska - 50/2 years - No

Nevada - 40/2 years - Yes

New Hampshire - 100/2 years - Yes

New Jersey - 100/2 years - Yes

New Mexico - 75/3 years - No

New York has no CME requirement, but physicians must attend mandated training on infection control every four years.

North Carolina - 60/3 years - Yes

North Dakota - 60/3 years - No

Ohio - 100/2 years - Yes

Oklahoma - 60/3 years - No

Oregon - 60/2 years - Yes

Pennsylvania - 100/2 years - Yes

Rhode Island - 40/2 years - Yes

South Carolina - 40/2 years - Yes

South Dakota has CME requirements for physicians

Tennessee - 40/2 years - Yes

Texas - 48/2 years - Yes

Utah - 40/2 years - Yes

Vermont - 30/2 years - Yes

Virginia - 60/2 years - Yes

Washington - 200/4 years - Yes

West Virginia - 50/2 years - Yes

Wisconsin - 30/2 years - No

Wyoming - 60/3 years - No

If you need additional general CME credits to satisfy licensure requirements for your dream assignment, it’s time to decide whether online or live CME meetings are best for you.

I have chosen online specialty-specific online courses for their convenience. As an anesthesiologist I can complete a course during down time waiting for an operating room case to start. And for anyone with a commute, listening to a podcast fills the time.

You don’t spend precious vacation time at a work-related conference.

The price point of online courses is a bonus, too. The cost of hotels, airfare, meals, and the tuition for attending an in-person conference surpasses the price tag of an online course.

Despite the higher cost, attending an in-person conference has its advantages. It allows for networking, learning from colleagues, and the opportunity to speak with the presenters and experts in your field. This exchange of information isn’t possible with an online course.

Some in-person courses have workshops to practice skills. While you can watch a video to learn a new technique, nothing beats a hands-on experience with an instructor to guide you through the procedure.

Many conferences are held at resorts. You can focus all your attention while attending the conference, step outside at the end of the lectures and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.

A final bonus to attending conferences is the chance to catch up with colleagues you’ve met in your travels. As a locum tenens physician, you will have made many friends along the way.

If you’re ready to explore a career in locum tenens, or if you're looking to hire new talent, Barton Associates can help. Contact us today to get started!

Teresa Otto, MD
About Teresa Otto, MD

Teresa Otto, MD, is an anesthesiologist who has traveled extensively as a military physician and more recently as a locum tenens anesthesia provider. Her travels have taken her to 44 states and 50 countries and all 7 continents.

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