Continuing Education

The Board is committed to ensuring the ongoing competence of its licensees for the protection, safety and wellbeing of the public.  All licensees must engage in a culture of continuous quality improvement and lifelong learning.

The Oregon Medical Board requirements on continuing medical competency requirements are detailed in OAR 847-008-0070.

Licensee Type​s  Hours Required​

  Physician (Medical, Osteopathic and Podiatric):

    • ​Status: Active, Administrative Medicine Active, Locum Tenens, Telemedicine Active, Telemonitoring ​Active, Teleradiology Active

30 hours/year​​

    • Status: Emeritus
​15 hours/year​
  Physician Assistant ​
    • Status: Active, Administrative Medicine Active, Locum Tenens, Telemedicine Active, Telemonitoring Active, Teleradiology Active
​30 hours/year​
    • Status: Emeritus
​15 hours/year​
  Acupuncture
    • Status: Active or Locum Tenens
​15 hours/year​
    • ​​Status: Emeritus
​8 hours/year​

 

Ongoing Specialty Board Recertification

Licensees may fulfill CME requirements through ongoing specialty board recertification (known as Maintenance of Certification).  OMB staff will verify participation in recertification directly with the certifying specialty boards.  Refer to OAR 847-008-0070 for acceptable specialty  boards.

Lifetime certification does not fulfill the Board’s requirements of ongoing specialty board recertification.  These licensees must complete the CME hours described in the rule by the time of renewal.  

Exempt Licensees

The following licensees are exempt from OAR 847-008-0070:

  • Those registered with inactive status for the previous biennium and renewing at inactive status;
  • Those enrolled in residency training;
  • Those serving in the military who are deployed outside Oregon for 90 days or more during the reporting period; and
  • Those who hold a Volunteer Camp license.

Documentation

Continuing education compliance can be documented through the following:

  • Certificate of completion;
  • Official transcript;
  • Hospital print-out; or
  • Letter signed by the program administrator.

All documents must include the following:

  • Name of Licensee;
  • Date of Attendance; 
  • Number and specific type of credits (Ex: AMA Category 1);
  • Name of Course; and
  • Topic of Course.

Pain Management Requirements

By 2009 or within the first year of licensure, licensees must complete a minimum of six hours in the subjects of pain management or the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients.  The requirements and exemptions are detailed in OAR 847-008-0075

This is a one-time requirement, but licensees may choose to obtain additional hours on these topics throughout their careers.  If the CME on pain management or the treatment of terminally ill or dying patients was acquired during 2012-2013, it may be used to fulfill hours required by the audit.  The Oregon Pain Management Commission​​  has resources available to obtain these hours.

Audits

Licensees will be randomly audited for CME compliance.  If selected for an audit, you will be notified by e-mail and physical mail.  The audit notification will provide directions on how to submit your materials.

Audited licensees have 60 days from the date on the audit notification to provide documentation of CME obtained during the 2012-2013 license period.

 

Failure to respond to an audit

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Licensees should retain documentation of participation in specialty board recertification or completed CME hours in a safe place so that they can be easily produced if asked for verification of continuing education.