Vermont License Requirements

The Vermont Board of Medical Practice’s CMIE rules for re-licensure include a general requirement for 30 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM during each licensure cycle. This includes a minimum of one credit for hospice, palliative care and pain management services, as well as a minimum of two credits for prescribing controlled substances. The current two-year cycle runs from December 1, 2018 through November 30, 2020. 

NOTE: Due to consequences of COVID-19, the Board of Medical Practice has reduced the CME requirement to 15 hours for the current licensing renewal period that ends November 30, 2020. The special credit requirements have not changed, however, but they do count toward the total 15-hour requirement. See some offerings listed below that offer these special credits.

CMIE Rules

2020 Physician License Renewal Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Rule Governing the Prescribing of Opioids for Pain 

State of Vermont Medical Board Rules on CME, Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management credit and Prescribing Controlled Substances


Upcoming CMIE Events Offering Credit Toward These Requirements


47th Annual Family Medicine Review Course - June 8-11, 2021

This intensive four-day program for family physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, and other primary care professionals will focus on current issues in the practice of Family Medicine, with special attention to new contributions. Emphasis is on practical, clinically applicable diagnostic and management issues in primary care. The course faculty is drawn from multiple specialties, including Family Medicine. The teaching program includes lectures and extensive course materials.

This course has been approved for 2.25 credits in Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management and 1 credit in Prescribing Controlled Substances.

Orthopaedic Grand Rounds FY 2021 - May 6, 2021

Pain Management in Acute Musculoskeletal Injury

This talk has been approved for 1 credit in Prescribing Controlled Substances.

Vermont Academic Detailing: Supporting Safe Use of Prescription Opioids 

This session highlights the practical aspects of managing patients prescribed opioids in primary care, with a focus on following the new prescribing rules.  This session includes the rules for both prescribing and querying the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS).  The topic compares the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for managing opioids with the Vermont rules.

This talk has been approved for 1 credit in Prescribing Controlled Substances.

Scope of Pain

Scope of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with acute and/or chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. (This program is offered through the Boston University School of Medicine.)

No cost

  • 2 ABIM/ABMS credits
  • Qualifies for 2 credits of Prescribing Controlled Substances 

Pain Management and Opioids CME

Pain management is evolving, and medical professionals need to be aware of current guidelines and clinical best practices. NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opiods CME course enhances your knowledge about opioids, so you can feel more confident managing pain appropriately.  This CME course is offered FREE to medical Professionals.
  • No cost
  • AMA/ABIM MOC Credit
  • Qualifies for Prescribing Controlled Substances credit

Vermont Center on Behavior and Health Monthly Lecture Series 

This course will be covering topics on Prescribing Controlled Substances.  Please check with Nicole Twohig ( for specific dates/topics.  

Do you need to meet the Vermont State Requirement for Prescribing Controlled Substances or Hospice, Pain Management, End of Life credit?

Please check out our online activities.

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