Most doctors are well acquainted with the details surrounding board certification and re-certification for their particular specialties. Every discipline in these professions requires meeting certain continuing education requirements, which vary from state to state and discipline to discipline.
While practitioners may take advantage of credit-earning activities through their specific professional organizations, plenty of opportunities are available through the American Medical Association. The following sections address some of the best options for increasing professional expertise.
Most State Medical and Osteopathic Boards require mandatory Continuing Medical Education (CME) for renewal of physician licenses. The American Medical Association has designed most of its CME curriculum to dovetail nicely with state requirements and its member physicians' hectic schedules. Combining online classes with live events, courses cover a broad range of professional interests.
- Online CME programs: These programs are available on the Internet, or by CD-DVD and offer a range of perspectives on clinical topics, as well as ethical issues and patient-doctor communication. Courses on immunization, pain management and health care disparities also comprise the curriculum.
- Journal CME: Physicians can earn CME credits by reading timely, peer-reviewed articles in the JAMA & Archives Journals, and then passing a short online quiz on the relevant subject.
- Direct Credit: Doctors can also earn credit directly from the American Medical Association by preparing live CME programs, publishing articles, completing board certification or recertification and other relevant activities. Participation in residency or fellowship programs also counts toward one credit per year, provided the position was completed within the last three years.
- UEMS/EACCME Credit: The American Medical Association shares an agreement of mutual recognition of CME credits with the European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS). As such, the AMA will convert CME credit certified by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to AMA CME credits.
The AMA likewise provides CME print materials across many subject areas, including health literacy, risk assessment of certain heredity cancers, road maps for clinical practice and more.
Live Events are available for CE credits, too. Professional development and clinical practice constitute the focus of these meetings, which can be accessed in person at a conference or seminar, or by Webinar. Finances, practice management and disaster training l are among the subjects.
Most Boards of Nursing require continuing education for license renewal. Additionally, continuing education also enables nurses to advance their careers.
At ANA Nurse CE, The American Nurses Association offers continuing education programs, with discounts available to association members. Courses are offered online with self-study and graded test taking.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center not only accredits CE programs, but also offers many of their own, through their Continuing Nurses Education programs. These include seminars and webinars, conferences, study groups, workshops, publications and online courses.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are required to have 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every two years in order to maintain their certification. The American Association of Physicians Assistants offers a wide range of CME choices, including webcasts and home study programs. The recertification exam is required every 10 years.