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AB487 Reminder

Pain Management CME Required by Dec. 31, 2006

Physicians with an active license before Jan. 1, 2002, have until Dec. 31, 2006 to complete the required 12 hours of continuing education credits on pain management and the treatment of terminally ill patients.

This is a one-time requirement (AB487) for all physicians licensed in California, except radiologists and pathologists.

Physicians licensed on or after Jan. 1, 2002, must complete the mandated hours by their second license renewal date or within four years, whichever comes first.

The 12 units may be divided in any way that is relevant to the physician's specialty and practice setting. Acceptable courses may address either topic individually or both topics together. The 12 required hours will count toward the 25 hours of approved continuing education each physician is required to complete during each calendar year.

Courses or programs must qualify for Category 1 credit and be presented by an organization accredited to provide CME. A course on CD-ROM is available for $75 to fulfill the licensing requirements. For more information, please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548 or visit the CSMC Intranet website by clicking here to access the site.