Continuing Medical Education
Licensed physicians are required by law to earn credits in continuing medical education in order to maintain their medical licenses. For license renewal, physicians must complete 100 credits of continuing medical education (CME) during each renewal period, forty (40) of which must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, the remaining sixty (60) can be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 1 or 2. MSNJ can help members sort through the regulatory requirements.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is designated by providers accredited by either MSNJ, the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) or by another state medical society. AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ can be claimed for activities that are self-directed learning experiences that improve patient care. Examples include: reading authoritative peer-reviewed literature and consulting with colleagues. Refer to AMA’s Eligibility Requirements for specifics concerning activities that qualify for either AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™.
Physicians are required to maintain records - copies of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ awards, certificates or transcripts - for six years. A log/journal should be kept for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™. An example sufficient for record-keeping of AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ can be found in MSNJ’s Physician Recognition Award Application.
MSNJ is recognized by the ACCME to accredit intrastate providers of continuing medical education. See the current list of MSNJ accredited providers. Your membership in the Medical Society of New Jersey helps to support the CME Accreditation Program, whose mission is to assure quality CME for New Jersey physicians.
- CMEList.com attempts to coordinate websites that offers online activities designated for AMA PRA Credit™. Currently, there are more than 325 sites listed with over 13,500 separate activities and approximately 26,000 hours of credit.
- Check with your hospital(s) or specialty society for scheduled CME activities.
- Case Western Reserve University conducts the following live activities twice a year:
- Intensive Course in Managing Difficult Communications in Medical Practice
- Intensive Course in Medical Ethics and Professionalism
- Intensive Course in Controlled Substance Management
- Intensive Course in Medical Record Keeping
Please contact Case Western Reserve University for more information 1-800-274-8263.
Physician's Recognition Award
What is the MSNJ PRA Award?
The Medical Society of New Jersey Physician’s Recognition Award (MSNJ PRA) acknowledges the achievement of those physicians who expand their knowledge and improve their skills by participating in continuing medical education (CME). The MSNJ PRA represents completion of a nationally accepted standard in continuing medical education. It has reciprocity with the American Medical Association’s (AMA) PRA and other medical education certificates. The MSNJ PRA is recognized by hospitals, insurance companies, and payers as proof of CME.
Physician members of MSNJ in good standing who hold a valid and current license issued by the state of New Jersey are eligible to apply for the MSNJ PRA.
MSNJ’s application provides information on the requirements to receive the PRA. The learning experiences must have taken place in the thee years immediately preceding the date on which the application is signed for a three year certificate. Download the application below and send it to MSNJ, 2 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648, to the attention of Ruth Zarzycki. Please allow two to three weeks to process your application. Recipients of the PRA receive a formal certificate, suitable for framing. Display it proudly.
If you have questions concerning the PRA, call Ruth Zarzycki at 609.896.1766, ext. 217, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information and education about the Updated Accreditation Criteria and the system of CME, please visit the ACCME website. You will find frequently asked questions under the “ASK ACCME” tab, as well as Video FAQ’s and Video Interviews under the “Education and Training” tab that provide insight and explanations for the accreditation criteria and the system of CME.
1. 2012 Self-Study Instructions and Format
2. 2012 Demographic Information Form
3. 2012 Performance in Practice – Documentation Review Labels Template
4. 2012 CME Activity List Spreadsheet
5. 2012 Summary of CME Activities
6. 2012 CME Program Budget Form
As is always the case, the MSNJ reserves the right to modify and improve the resources and tools used in the accreditation process so as to ensure credible and valid accreditation decisions.