Urgent Care Medicine Recertification

Requirements for Recertification

Beginning in 2022, physicians who are currently certified in Urgent Care Medicine must meet the following Continuous Competency in Certification® (CCC) Requirements:

  1. Submit a completed recertification application with required information and $200 application fee by December 1, bi-annually;
  2. Included with the application, submit documentation (copies of an official printout or copies of certificates) of 50 hours of CME, with at least 25 of those hours being related to Urgent Care Medicine, per year;
  3. Included in the CME, submit documentation of the completion of at least 100 questions of Urgent Care Medicine-related Self-Assessment**, per year;
  4. Hold active and unrestricted medical license(s) to practice in the U.S. or Canada and provide a copy with current expiration date;
  5. Submit payment of annual CMF by January 1 of each year;
  6. Sixteen of the 400 CME hours completed during each eight-year period must be obtained through AAPS-sponsored programs;
  7. Complete 4 CME hours of AAPS-approved*** Medical Ethics every eight years.

Note: The first bi-annual application is due by December 1 of the year the current certification expires. All other requirements apply, beginning in 2022. The first bi-annual application needs to be accompanied by the applicable CME documentation for the full eight-year certification period. Applicants must document that the CME requirements that were in place from the year they were last certified or recertified through 2021 AND the above requirements from 2022 onward have been met.* Once recertified, the certification will be extended by eight (8) years, however, ALL of the above requirements must be met in order for certification to remain in good standing.

*The only change from previous requirements is an increase in the number of self-assessment questions required (from 50 to 100 per year).

**CME activities that require you to pass a quiz or test to attain AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM can be used to satisfy the requirement for completion of Self-Assessment questions. The following resources are available for on-line CME and self-assessments:

A list of CME/Self Assessment Resources compiled by Dr. Bernard Sklar (Online Continuing Medical Education) is available at http://www.cmelist.com/list.htm.

Another resource for On-Line self assessments is NetCE at www.netce.com.

***AAPS-approved Medical Ethics courses include the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course held annually in conjunction with the AAPS Scientific Meeting OR must contain the term “Medical Ethics” in the title or clearly in the syllabus of the course, must be intended for physicians, and cannot be the same course taken multiple times to meet the 4 credit requirement. CME hours attained from the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course may be applied to the required AAPS-Sponsored CME.

Recertification Application

Please carefully read the information below.

  • Recertification is now easier than ever. Simply log in to your Diplomate account using the Diplomate Log In button at the top of this page, and go to My Certifications.
  • Here you will notice a summary of your current certification period as well as an overview of the credits required and/or accumulated for your next certification renewal. You will also notice a form to be used to self-report your non-AAPS CME credits and upload the appropriate supporting documentation, as well as the ‘Apply for Recertification’ button that appears when your current certification expiration date is less than two years away.
  • Before beginning the recertification application process, please ensure you have all the necessary information/documentation available to complete the application submission.
    • You will need to enter all non-AAPS CME activities in the form provided on the My Certifications screen and upload the appropriate supporting documentation.
    • Select the appropriate category of each CME activity – Urgent Care Medicine should be chosen for any specialty-related CME, Medical Ethics for medical ethics-related topics, or Other CME, for all other topic areas.
    • The online application system will not let you submit your application until all required fields are completed, all required documentation has been uploaded, and the fee has been paid.
  • Diplomates of ABMS or AOA specialty Boards who are interested in pursuing recertification with ABPS must first contact Certification staff at certification@abpsus.org or 813/433-2277. Click here for full details.

 

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