Continuing Medical Education

CME Course Requirements and Information

HOURS REQUIRED

Seventy-five hours of continuing medical education are required for each licensed physician during each triennial renewal cycle. CME may be earned at any time during the licensees three year renewal period, July 1 through June 30, immediately preceding the triennial renewal date.

EXCEPTIONS

CME is not required until the physician has been licensed in NM for consecutive years. The first license renewal occurs no later than 13 months after initial licensure, so CME is not required at the first renewal.

CME is not required for federal emergency, telemedicine, postgraduate training, public service, or temporary teaching, youth camp, or school licenses.

Physician assistants fulfill their CME requirements through the NCCPA and are not required to submit any CME documentation directly to the Medical Board.

A physician practicing or residing outside the United States is not required to fulfill the CME requirements for the period of the absence. However, the Board must be notified of the absence prior to license expiration. Once the physician returns to the US, the required CME must be completed for the months or years of practice within the US during that renewal cycle.

FULFILL YOUR COMPLETE TRIENNIAL CME REQUIREMENTS BY OBTAINING:

OR

COMBINE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES AND ACTIVITIES FOR A TOTAL OF 75 HOURS TO COMPLETE YOUR TRIENNIAL CME REQUIREMENTS:

VERIFICATION OF CME AND ANNUAL CME AUDIT

Each physician renewing a license shall attest that they have obtained the required hours of CME. Documentation of CME is not required unless you are selected for the annual CME compliance audit. If you are selected for audit, you will be notified and provided with instructions for compliance. The Board may audit CME records at any time, so CME records must be maintained for at least one year following the renewal cycle in which they are earned.

Physicians who attest on their renewal application that they have obtained the required hours of CME but are then unable to provide documentation of those hours face possible disciplinary action by the Board.

ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTATION OF CME INCLUDES:

EMERGENCY DEFERRAL

A physician who is unable to fulfill the CME requirements prior to the date of license expiration may apply to the Board for an emergency deferral of the requirements. The request for deferral must be received no later than July 1 of the renewal year. NOTE: all physicians who are granted an emergency deferral will be automatically included in the CME audit at their next license renewal.

In case of illness or other documented circumstances, the Board may grant an additional extension of time in which the necessary credits may be earned. The request must be made in writing prior to the end of the emergency deferral, and must be approved by the Board.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS please contact Monique Parks at MoniqueM.Parks@state.nm.us or (505) 476-7227.

Complete New Mexico Medical Board Rules and Statutes may be accessed on our web site, www.nmmb.state.nm.us.