Neurology CME FAQ: CME Requirements, Top Courses & More

CMEList September 10, 2018

How many CME credits do Neurologists need?

The number of CME credits Neurologists need to earn depends on whether they are part of the C-MOC program or the 10-year MOC program.

Neurologists part of the C-MOC program passed their initial American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) board certification exam after 2012 and must earn 90 Category 1 CME Credits, 24 Self-Assessment Activities (SA) CME credits, and one patient safety CME activity, and one Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) Unit every 3 years to maintain their board certification.

Neurologists part of the 10-year MOC program are those who received a limited certification from the ABPN before 2012. These Neurologists must earn 300 Category 1 CME Credits, 24 Self-Assessment (SA) CME credits, and one Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) Unit every 10 years to maintain their board certification.

In terms of maintaining your state license, Neurologists must earn a different number of CME credits depending on what state they are licensed to practice in. Check out our State CME guide to see exactly how many CME credits you need to earn.

Why is CME important for Neurologists?

While CME is needed to maintain your licenses and certifications, it also helps you strengthen your knowledge around key Neurology topics and keep up to date with the latest advancements in the field. According to Richard B. Lipton, MD, director of the Montefiore Headache Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, the biggest change in Neurology is that it “has made a transition from being a primarily diagnosis-related specialty to being a treatment-related specialty”. The right CME activity will help you meet your CME requirements and keep up to date with key Neurology changes and developments in major topics such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Epilepsy, Migraines, etc.

How Can Neurologists Complete Their CME Requirements?

Online Neurology CME courses are the most popular option amongst Neurologists looking to meet their CME requirements. Many online courses offer enough CME credits to completely meet your annual requirements and also extensively cover the most relevant and ever-changing topics in Neurology such as movement disorders, critical care, trauma, and more.

Two of the most popular online Neurology CME courses are:

Both of these courses offer up to 100 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, Self Assessment Credits, and MOC Points. They also each come with a complimentary gift card. See below for all Neurology CME activities.

What are some live options to complete your Neurology CME credits?

If you would prefer earning your CME credits via live activities, there are many viable options. One of the top options is Osler’s Neurology Certification Review, which offers Neurologists up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. This live Neurology review will take place in Chicago, IL from Sept. 13-18, 2018. It will cover the key topics in Neurology and help Neurologists prepare for their board exams.

Other upcoming live Neurology CME activities include:

How can I earn Neurology CME credits for free?

Physicians can earn Neurology CME credits for free via ScientiaCME’s catalog of Neurology CME courses. These courses are convenient, can be taken online, and cover a wide range of topics including migraine headaches, Gaucher Disease, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and more.

Click here to view all free Neurology CME courses.

What are additional Neurology MOC requirements other than earning CME credits?

In addition to earning CME credits, Neurologists must pass the ABPN Neurology MOC exam every 10 years to maintain their board certification.

Here are the upcoming dates for the ABPN Neurology MOC exam:

  • October 29 - Nov. 2, 2018
  • February 4-8, 2019
  • August 19-23, 2019

Click here for additional ABPN exam dates and registration deadlines.