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, 2020 through November 30, 2022. 

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, 2022. 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

27th Annual Vermont Perspectives in Anesthesia Conference - a live virtual conference March 2-4, 2022

  • Registration required
  • "Key Concepts in Pain", March 2, 2022 - 1.0 Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management credit
  • "Updates on Short-Acting Spinals", March 4, 2022 - 1.0 Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management credit
  • "Perioperative Management of the Patient with Opioid Use Disorder" - March 4, 2022 - 1.0 Prescribing Controlled Substances credit

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 Opioids 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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