New Implicit Bias CME Requirement
Update: The Maryland Center for Health Equity has an implicit bias CME program available online – What does implicit bias mean for you and our health care system?. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixmtLXuL8h4. The panel discusses the historical persistence of implicit bias, how it influences our clinical decisions, and how we can reduce its effects in the clinical setting. It is moderated by Stephen Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Health and Policy Management at the University of Maryland, Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity and Mayor Omar Neal, radio show host who served as mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama.
Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: MedChi designates this live webinar educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1.5 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
A new law went into effect on April 1, 2022, requiring physicians to complete implicit bias training for 2022 license renewals. This is a one-time requirement for physicians.
The training program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or recognized by a health occupation board. The course does not have to be specific to physicians – any course that meets the implicit bias training criteria is acceptable. The Maryland Board of Physicians does not endorse any specific course.
Licensees who have completed any implicit bias training course since 10/1/2020 will be considered to have fulfilled the training requirement for physician license renewal.
The Maryland Board of Physicians has provided a list of approved trainings that fulfill the requirement: we have linked them below for you.
- Stanford School of Medicine – Unconscious Bias in Medicine (CME) This course is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians from all specialties as well as other Health Care Professionals.
- To find accredited courses offered by ACCME, go to CMEPassport.org, type “implicit bias” in the search activities field, and click the arrow. Browse from the total of 33 courses offered. Please note that a fee may be required to participate in some courses. Use the Filter By function to narrow the search results to free courses.
- Any accredited implicit bias training program course offered by another Maryland health occupation board.
Please note: you are not required to submit proof of course completion to the Board. However, it is recommended that licensees keep the certificate of completion if the course will be used to fulfill the 50 CMEs required for renewal.
For courses that do not provide a certificate of completion, the Board recommends keeping proof of registration or a screenshot of the completion screen for your records. Instructions on how to take a screenshot are provided below.
For Windows: Use the Print Screen key and then Ctrl-V to paste it into a Word document.
For Macs: Press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 4. Drag the crosshair to select the area of the screen to capture. To take the screenshot, release your mouse or trackpad button.
If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key. To move the selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging.