Patient Safety/Risk Management

The PA State Board of Medicine regulations state that to renew a medical license, a physician will need:

  • 100 total credit hours of CME in the two-year license cycle (with license cycles ending on Dec. 31 of each even year)
  • A minimum of 20 of the total credit hours in Category 1
  • 12 credit hours in the areas of patient safety or risk management (either Category 1 or Category 2)

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania provides a number of resources for obtaining these 12 credit hours in Patient Safety/Risk Management. These activities are also designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™:

Note: We are also offering a number of Patient Safety/Risk Management activities at our PennCME/BestPractice site. You will need to create a separate account on that site ( if you would like to obtain credit/hours for completing these courses. Once you've created an account and logged in, you'll be able to complete a post-test, evaluation, optional Commitment to Change instrument, and then receive your certificate for each activity. The PennCME/BestPractice activities that are designated for Patient Safety/Risk Management are as follows:

How do I know if a CME activity is patient safety or risk management?

The following list of topics will satisfy the patient safety/risk management requirement:

  • Improving medical records and record keeping
  • Reducing medical errors
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • Improving communication among physicians and with other health care personnel
  • Communication between physicians and patients
  • Preventive medicine education
  • Health care quality improvement

As long as the CME activity falls within these topics, you can count it toward the patient safety/risk management requirement. The course does not have to state, and very likely may not, that it is a patient safety or risk management course. According to the regulations, the patient safety or risk management credit hours can be in either Category 1 or Category 2.

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