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FAQ’s about Pennsylvania State Licensure Renewal Requirements of

Patient Safety, Child Abuse and Opioid CME

To renew a Pennsylvania medical license, completion of 100 credit hours of continuing medical education in the preceding biennial period, which runs from January 1 of the odd year through December 31 of the next even year, will be required for physicians (MD and DO). Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital Medical Staff Bylaws require that 20 hours must be Category 1.

Patient Safety/Risk Management

Twelve (12) hours are required in patient safety/risk management (Category 1 or 2 accepted).

The following list of topics will satisfy the patient safety/risk management requirement:

o Improving medical records and record keeping

o Reducing medical errors

o Professional conduct and ethics

o Improving communications

o Preventive medicine

o Healthcare quality improvement

If the CME activity falls within these topics, you can count it toward the patient safety/risk management requirement. The course does not have to state, and very likely may not, that it is a patient safety or risk management course.

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting

Two (2) hours of State Board-approved continuing education are required in child abuse recognition and reporting. Category 1 or 2 accepted. Details and a complete list of Board-approved providers can be found at www.dos.pa.gov.

Most popular website is https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu 

Verification of completion must be sent electronically and directly from the course provider. It may take up to 7 days for the provider to submit the records to the Board’s office.

Opioid and Pain Management

Two (2) hours of State Board-approved education in pain management, the identification of addiction or in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. Category 1 or 2 is accepted, but opioid education hours cannot be counted toward the 12 credit hours of patient safety and risk management.

Here is the link to the Opioid Education Requirements FAQ located on PAMED’s website:

https://www.pamedsoc.org/learn-lead/topics/medications-pain-management-opioids/OpioidsEducationAct124

• To meet the State Board of Medicine’s requirements for opioid education, the course must address pain management, identification of addiction or the practices of prescribing. If audited, licensees will have to produce documentation verifying the courses they've completed, and the title of the course(s) on the documentation should be clear that the content addressed Board-required subject matter.

Full website for MD requirements = https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Medicine/Documents/Board%20Documents/MedM%20-%20CME%20MD%20Unrestricted%20License.pdf

Full website for DO requirements = https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/OsteopathicMedicine/Documents/Board%20Documents/CME%20Ost%20Physician.pdf

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