Can Child Abuse Reporting Training Count Toward CME Credits? An Update for MDs and DOs

As of Jan. 1, 2015, professional licensing boards in Pennsylvania—including the State Board of Medicine and State Board of Osteopathic Medicine—must require child abuse recognition and reporting training as a condition of licensure for mandated reporters.

Physicians applying for a new license are required to complete three hours of training through a state-approved course. Physicians applying for a renewal license are required to complete two hours of training through a state-approved course, per licensure cycle.

Some physicians who are already licensed have taken a three-hour child abuse reporting and recognition course and are asking if all three hours can be counted toward the medical license renewal requirement of 100 total credit hours of CME in the two-year license cycle.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) reached out to The State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine on this issue. We have received the following clarification which applies to both MDs and DOs:

  • Physicians holding existing Pennsylvania licenses will only receive credit for two hours of training at renewal, regardless of whether a physician chose to complete a three-hour course.
  • The two hours of required training may be counted toward the 100 hours of the total CME required for biennial license renewal. However, the additional hour cannot be used towards fulfilling your other CME requirements.

Physicians who haven't completed the child abuse reporting and recognition training for this licensure cycle can take PAMED's course which has been approved by the state to meet training requirements.


More CME Resources

PAMED offers a suite of CME resources for physicians, including:

  • 40+ credits of CME, developed to meet patient safety and risk management requirements. This includes:
  • Opioid Abuse CME Series—Includes sessions on the Pennsylvania prescription drug monitoring program, naloxone, opioid prescribing guidelines, and referral to addiction treatment
  • CME Consult—A compendium of CME articles you can use to obtain six CME credits in a single volume. Successfully complete the 2015 and 2016 editions of CME Consult and earn 12 credits that will meet the patient safety and risk management requirement for licensure.

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