Medical Board of California changed its continuing medical education (CME) reporting requirements in 2009. Physicians are now required to complete 50 CME hours during every 2-year licensure period, as opposed to the 100 hours previously required every 4 years. CME reporting deadlines are now based on the physician’s personal license renewal date (the last day of the month of the physician’s birthday), not the calendar year.
If physicians prefer to keep all their CME documentation in a centralized place, they could use California Medical Association’s Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) CME Certification Program. IMQ documents and verifies physicians’ CME activities. When certified by IMQ, physicians’ CME credits will automatically be accepted by the medical board. They also provide documentation of physicians’ CME in the event of a medical board audit. The cost of IMQ’s CME certification is $29 for CMA members, $49 fo nonmembers. Physicians also can request that their CME certification information be sent to hospitals, health plans, specialty societies, and others for credentialing or membership renewal purposes at no extra charge.