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.
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. Licensees will not be asked to report specialty board recertification or completed CME hours until the end of the next licensure biennium.
The Oregon Medical Board requirements on continuing medical competency requirements are detailed in OAR 847-008-0070.
Physician (Medical, Osteopathic and Podiatric):
- Status: Active, Administrative Medicine Active, Locum Tenens, Telemedicine Active, Telemonitoring Active, Teleradiology Active (MD/DO only)
| Physician Assistant
- Status: Active or Locum Tenens
- Status: Active or Locum Tenens
Continuing education hours must be relevant to your current practice. The following continuing education topics are considered relevant for all licensees, regardless of specialty:
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 alone does not fulfill the Board’s requirements of ongoing specialty board maintenance of certification. These licensees must complete the CME hours described in the rule by the time of renewal.
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.
Continuing education compliance can be documented through the following:
All documents must include the following:
Pain Management Requirements
By 2009 or within the first year of licensure, licensees must complete continuing medical education on pain management. The requirements and exemptions are detailed in OAR 847-008-0075. A one-hour course provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission is required plus at least six more hours in the subjects of pain management or the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients.
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 the audited license period, it may be used to fulfill hours required by the audit. More information is available on our pain management webpage.
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 audited license period.
Failure to respond to an audit
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.