Emergency Medicine CME Requirements

Board Certified Physicians

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) requires an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually. Of these 25 CME credits, at least 8 must be from self assessment activities. All of them should be relevant to your practice area.

Note that AAFP Prescribed Credit, ACOG cognates, and AOA Category 1-A Credits are considered equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Since the ABEM only requires an average of 25 credits per year, additional credits can roll forward.

For example, 50 credits earned this year satisfy ABEM CME requirements through next year.

Physician Assistant CAQ-EM

Certified PAs (physician assistants) have the option to earn and maintain a certificate of added qualification in emergency medicine.

To be eligible, a PA must earn a minimum of 75 credits of category 1 CME focused on emergency medicine in the six years preceding the exam application. At least 25 of those credits must be earned in the preceding two years.

Once awarded, the CAQ is valid for ten years, during which time a minimum of 125 category 1 CME credits focused on emergency medicine must be logged for maintenance.

There are additional requirements beyond CME, so be sure to verify the full criteria with the NCCPA.

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The National Commission on the Certification of PAs (NCCPA) CAQ in Emergency Medicine requirements

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Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioners

Emergency medicine nurse practitioners with the ENP-C credential have two options to maintain their emergency medicine certification every five years.

The first option is to obtain a minimum of 1,000 emergency care clinical practice hours and 100 emergency-related continuing education (CE) credits within the current 5-year period of certification.

Your other option is to retake the appropriate certification examination prior to your current certification expiring.

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