Meet the Licensure Requirements BEFORE You Renew Your Medical License

MSMS has you covered with LARA-required CME

Medical License Requirements

Each medical doctor is required to complete 150 hours of continuing education in courses or programs approved by the board of which a minimum 75 hours of the required 150 hours must be earned in courses or programs designated as Category 1 programs. Other license requirements include:

Pain and Symptom Management A minimum of 3 hours of continuing education every 3-year relicense cycle. At least 1 of the 3 hours must include controlled substances prescribing.

Medical EthicsA minimum of 1 hour of continuing education every 3-year relicense cycle.

Implicit Bias– See schedule below for initial requirement.

Renewals from June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023, need 1 hour

Renewals from June 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024, need 2 hours

Renewals from June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025, need 3 hours

Then after, every 3-year renewal cycle will need to report 3 hours.  Any hours after June 2021 and within your current medical license cycle, can be used.

Opioids and Other Controlled Substances Awareness Training Standards for Prescribers and Dispensers of Controlled SubstancesThis is a one-time training that is separate from continuing education for an individual seeking a controlled substance license or who is licensed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances. Licensees that prescribe or dispense controlled substances who renewed in 2019 must complete training by January 2023; renewals for 2020 by 2024, renewals for 2021 by 2025.

Renewal Grace Period

There is a 60-day grace period in which you may renew your license without having to go through the relicensure process.  If you renew during the 60-day grace period, there is an additional $20.00 late fee when you renew your license. If you have not completed your CME requirements by your license renewal date, you are allowed to use this grace period to complete those credits. Do not submit your renewal prior to completing your CME but do not exceed the 60-day period.  Please note that when your license lapses, you can no longer practice your profession, nor can you identify yourself as a licensed individual.  To view the MSMS Medical License Renewal Guide and the CME Licensure Requirements for medical doctors and osteopathic physicians, please visit

Complete Your Required CME with MSMS Live and On-Demand Webinars

MSMS has several upcoming live webinars to meet the Implicit Bias licensure requirements including: 

Monday Night Medicine – Implicit Bias Training (Live webinar)
Monday, January 23, 2023

Monday, January 30, 2023

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Reducing Unconscious Bias – an Imperative (RUBI): Foundation and Impacts on Patient Care
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 pm
(Live webinar)This activity includes aone-hour on-demand video followed by a one-hour live webinar.

In addition, MSMS has a full catalog of On-Demand webinars that you can complete at your convenience on Medical Ethics and Pain and Symptom Management options that fulfill the requirements including, but not limited to: 

Confidentiality: An Ethical Review (Medical Ethics – On-Demand)

This presentation discusses confidentiality from an ethics perspective, what confidentiality is and why it’s an important norm within medical ethics.  It also talks about some of the most common questions physicians have about what their obligations are from an ethical perspective when it comes to maintaining patient confidences.    

Conscientious Objection Among Physicians (Medical Ethics – On-Demand)

Following this presentation, you will be able to define conscientious objection and articulate its growing significance in the landscape of medicine and health care; critically evaluate the AMA’s guidance on physician objections of conscience, as well as Michigan State Law, articulate particularly challenging contexts in which dilemmas involving conscientious objections are exacerbated; and analyze the ethical dimensions of different kinds of cases involving physician conscientious objection.

Decision Making Capacity (Medical Ethics – On-Demand)

Learn how to define decision-making capacity and informed consent; explain how assessment of decision-making capacity has ethical implications for obtaining informed consent; explain the difference between patient decision-making capacity and competency; list the clinical standards required for decision-making capacity; identify tools helpful for determination of decision-making capacity; describe misconceptions about decision-making capacity frequently encountered in the clinical setting; and analyze clinical cases pertaining to ethical dilemmas involving decision-making capacity.

Pain and Symptom Management, and Balancing Pain Treatment and Legal Responsibilities (Pain & Symptom Management, Controlled Substances Prescribing – On-Demand)

Completion of this webinar fulfills the for three hours in the area of pain and symptom management, including the new (effective January 4, 2019) one-time license requirement for opioids and other controlled substances awareness training standards for prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances, and the one hour minimum of controlled substance prescribing.

A Day of Board of Medicine Renewal Requirements (Pain & Symptom Management, Controlled Substances Prescribing, Medical Ethics – On-Demand)

Completion of this webinar fulfills LARA’s requirement for three hours in the area of pain and symptom management (meets the new one hour minimum of controlled substance prescribing training), one hour in the area of medical ethics, and 1-time human trafficking.  It also fulfills the new (effective January 4, 2019) one-time license requirement for opioids and other controlled substances awareness training standards for prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances.

For more information on all of MSMS Foundation’s Educational Activities, please visit or for licensing questions contact Brenda Marenich at (517) 336-7580.