CME Requirements & Course Resources

CME Requirements & Course Resources

Each two-year licensing renewal cycle, physicians licensed by the Board of Medical Practice must certify that they have completed 30 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, including 1-hour addressing palliative care, hospice care OR pain management AND 2 hours addressing prescribing controlled substances for physicians with DEA registrations. As of June 27, 2023, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 enacted a new one-time, 8-hour training requirement for all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. Read more here. These two subject-specific activities count toward the 30-hour requirement. Links to the Board’s CME Rules can be found here.

Please contact VMS or the Vermont Board of Medical Practice if you have questions about the renewal process or CME requirements.

Opportunities to Meet CME Requirements

Prescribing Controlled Substance Offerings - Online – Free

Palliative Care Offerings Online – Free or Low Cost

General CME Offerings - Online – Free

Vermont Physician Executive Leadership Institute:

  • With the generous support of the Physicians Foundation, the VMS Education & Research Foundation is able to offer a leadership curriculum to Vermont physicians interested in affecting the future of the region’s health care delivery system.

Massachusetts Medical Society Partnership- Online - Special Member Discount

The Vermont Medical Society has formed a partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Society which provides VMS Members a 25% discount on all of MMS’ online CME courses. To take advantage of this opportunity, please view this tutorial. It covers topics, such as searching course offerings, using the discount code, creating a user account, and course payment.

Use code VMSCME20

To view MMS’ course offerings, click here. If you have any questions about the registration or login process, please contact the MMS Continuing Education Department at (800) 322-2303, ext #7306, or via email at

Medical School and State CME Programs:

HIPAA Compliance - Online - Free Medscape Account + (phone app info)

To view current CME courses and details, you must create an account first.

  • Patient Privacy: A Guide for Providers (0.5 Category 1 CME Credit)
  • HIPAA and You: Building a Culture of Compliance (0.5 Category 1 CME Credit)
  • Examining Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule (0.5 Category 1 CME Credit)