Guidelines for Minimally Acceptable Continuing Medical Education in Anesthesiology
Developed By: Committee on Professional Education Oversight
Last Amended: October 26, 2016 (original approval: October 04, 1972)
1. To support the goal of life-long learning, a physician’s continuing medical education program
should address gaps in knowledge, reinforce up-to-date and existing knowledge and allow the
physician to remain current in the standards of practice. To support the continuing education
needs for members, the Society will continue to provide continuing medical education in its
many forms as well as coordinate and promote the availability of accredited continuing
medical education programs and materials from other organizations.
2. Approved postgraduate educational experience may include both AMA PRA Category 1 and
2 credits™ and it is suggested that the credits be obtained as outlined below.
2.1 Category 1 (Minimum of 250 credits in 10 years) –
The Society believes a minimum of 250 credits should be earned from educational
activities that meet the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ requirements over 10 years or
25 credits each year. In addition, the Society recommends 20 Patient Safety Category 1
CME be earned during each 10 year period.
2.2 Category 2 (Maximum 100 credits in 10 years) –
The Society recommends that a maximum of 100 credits be earned over 10 years from
educational activities that meet the AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™.