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OMBC announces Changes to CME cycle

Effective January 1, 2018 the Continuing Medical Education Cycle (CME) will change from three (3) to two (2)  years.  This change in the CME cycle will align with the two (2) year license renewal cycle.  Under this new CME cycle change, licensees will have to complete 100 hours (to include a minimum of 40 AOA 1A or 1B hours).  Physicians will be required to submit documentation of the 100 hours in the two (2) years preceding your license renewal.    For more information regarding this change please click on the following link:


Continuing Medical Education Progress Report

Physicians shall report the total number of Continuing Medical Education credits to the Board. This may be accomplished by:
(a) Sending the Board a copy of their AOA Individual Activity Report, or
(b) Sending the Board copies of any certificates given for attendance at any program approved by the Board.
(c) Reports from any program approved by the Board, to be furnished by the physician, showing his attendance as verified by the program organizer.

Waiver of Requirement

(a) Upon submittal of an application for waiver of CME requirements, the Board may, at its discretion, waive any of the requirements under special circumstances.
(b) Applications for waivers must be submitted on an annual basis to the Board for consideration.
(c) While in a Residency/Fellowship program, CME requirements may be waived upon certification from the program director.

CME Requirement for Inactive License

(a) The holder of an inactive license is exempt from CME requirements.
(b) In order to restore an inactive license to active status the licensee shall have completed a minimum of twenty (20) hours of Category 1-A as defined by the AOA during the 12-month period immediately preceding the licensee's application for restoration.

Sanctions for Noncompliance

(a) Any physician who has not completed 150 hours of approved CME or the prorated share during the three-year period shall be ineligible for renewal of his or her license to practice medicine until such time as the deficient hours of CME are documented to the Board.
(b) It shall constitute unprofessional conduct for any physician to misrepresent his or her compliance with the provisions of this article or who fails to comply with the provisions of this article.
(c) Each physician shall retain records for a minimum of four years of all CME programs attended which indicate the title of the course or program attended, dates of attendance, the length of the course or program, the sponsoring organization and the accrediting organization, if any.

Approved Continuing Medical Education The following CME programs are approved for credit:

(a) Those programs certified by the AOA as Category I or II credit and those certified by the AMA and approved by the California Medical Association (CMA) as Category I.
(b) Those programs which qualify for prescribed credit from the AOA specialty groups.
(c) Those programs offered by Board approved organizations and institutions.

Pain Management/Terminally Ill Patients

AB 487 adds Business and Professions Code 2190.5; requires all physicians complete a mandatory CME course in subjects of pain management and the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients. The one-time requirement of 12 hours shall be completed by all physicians and surgeons licensed on or after January 1, 2012 and shall be completed within four (4) years of their initial license or by their second renewal date, whichever occurs first.  Pathology and Radiology specialists are exempt.


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