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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 TypesHours Required
  Physician (Medical, Osteopathic, and Podiatric):

  • Status: Active, Administrative Medicine Active, Locum Tenens, Telemedicine Active, Telemonitoring Active, Teleradiology Active (MD/DO only)
30 hours/year
  •    Status: Emeritus

15 hours/year

   Physician Assistant


  •    Status: Active or Locum Tenens

30 hours/year

  •    Status: Emeritus

15 hours/year

   Acupuncture
  •    Status: Active or Locum Tenens

15 hours/year

  •  Status: Emeritus

8 hours/year

 

Continuing Education Updates

Partnership with ACCME. 

The Oregon Medical Board has partnered with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and State Medical Board Collaboration. This initiative intends to reduce burdens and streamline CME reporting for Oregon licensees through the new and improved Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Learn more about PARS here. More information about the Board's efforts to improve CME reporting will soon be available on this page.

Relevancy Requirement

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.  


Exempt Licensees

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

  • Those enrolled in residency training;
  • 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

As of January 1, 2022, HB 2078 (2021) requires pain management continuing education on an ongoing basis. Recognizing that all providers play a role in a patient's pain management care and that up-to-date knowledge is one of many tools, OAR 847-008-0075 requires all actively licensed Board licensees to complete the Oregon Pain Management Commission’s (OPMC) continuing education course “Changing the Conversation About Pain," at initial licensure and every two years. OPMC provides the one-hour education program through a free online course updated every two years. More information is available on our pain management webpage.

 

Cultural Competency Requirements

As of July 1, 2021, HB 2011 (2019), requires cultural competency continuing education for health care professionals. Oregon Medical Board licensees must complete an average of at least one hour of cultural competency education per year during an audit period a condition of licensure as required in OAR 847-008-0077. The cultural competency continuing education may, but does not have to, be accredited continuing medical education (CME). The law was written to allow a wide array of courses or experiences. More information is available on our cultural competency webpage.

 

Audits

Licensees will be randomly audited for CME compliance, including specific pain management and cultural competency requirements outlined above.  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

Fines for failing to respond to 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.