Frequently Asked Questions & Information About CME 

Mandated Opioid Prescribing CME
Effective for 2015 renewals, the Maryland Board of Physicians (MBP) required one credit hour of continuing medical education dedicated to opioid prescribing.  The one-hour requirement per renewal cycle was only in effect for two years for Maryland licensed physicians.  This requirement is no longer in effect.

MBP Audits CME Credits
After being audited, a number of physicians have been fined and penalized by the Maryland Board of Physicians for being unable to provide evidence of at least 50 Category 1 CME credit hours earned to renew their medical licenses. Be sure to keep records of CME hours for six years, and double check before renewal time to be sure you have met the CME requirement.  Physicians are randomly selected for audit as they renew their licenses online.

How many CME credits are required to renew my license?
50 Category 1 CME credits in the two-year period prior to the expiration dated of the license.

If I am retired or have a volunteer license, do I still need CME credits?
Yes. As long as you have an active license, you must comply with CME regulation, which require 50 Category 1 credits for license renewal.

What types of activities count for CME credit?
A description of activities that meet the Board’s Category 1 CME requirement and required documentation can be viewed at the COMAR

How long must I keep my CME documentation?
Keep all CME documentation for at least 6 years for possible inspection by the Board.

For more about CME requirements, review the MBP Renewal FAQs.