Understanding How to Apply CME Credits With the MD License Renewal Extension

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2021

The license renewal deadline for MD licensees has been extended to March 31, 2021. More information on this extension can be accessed here. All license renewal requirements must be completed at the time a physician submits a renewal application.

Physicians must complete 100-credits of continuing medical education (CME) prior to the end of every two-year licensure cycle. However, because the license renewal deadline for MD licensees has been extended to March 31, 2021, MD licensees who did not renew their license prior to the end of 2020 may apply any CME credits completed during the first quarter of 2021 towards completing their 2019-2020 licensure cycle requirements if needed. Once a license is renewed, additional CME credits completed during the first quarter of 2021 should be applied as is customary towards the licensure cycle in which the credit is earned (2021-2022). MD licensees who met all CME requirements during the 2019-2020 cycle and renewed prior to the end of 2020 should apply CME credits completed during the first quarter of 2021 towards the current 2021-2022 licensure cycle requirements.

It is the responsibility of licensees to maintain and track their personal CME credit hours. Proof of CME completion must be retained by licensees for at least two years after completion of the CME or after the completion of their biennial renewal for which the CME was required, whichever is later.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has a wealth of CMEs available that can help physicians fulfill licensure requirements and physicians can also track their CME credits in our online learning management system. Learn more and access CME here.

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