IMQ offers physicians a convenient service to record and verify the AMA PRA
Category 1 Credit™ required by the Medical Board of California’s (MBC) for
re-licensure. The current MBC requirement is 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ in a
The CME Certification service is voluntary, and reporting is not mandated by
the MBC. Each physician is responsible for maintaining CME records and must
produce the documentation if audited. The Medical Board will accept IMQ
verification of CME credits, with no additional documentation, for any physician
using the CME Certification service.
The CME Certification service helps physicians demonstrate to the public
their dedication to high-quality medical care through a commitment to lifelong
learning. The service is designed for:
- Any physician with a California license no matter where they live in the
- California-licensed physicians seeking an easy way to track their
earned CME credits or a backup for maintaining CME records
Residents and fellows receive 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year but are
not required to report them. IMQ recommends using the CME Certification service
beginning the year following completion of your residency or fellowship.
CME Certification service users must submit a fee along with the completed
form listing the courses earning CME credit. CMA members, including retired
physicians who maintain membership, receive a discount on the CME Certification
service. Current fees for each year reported are: $30 for CMA members and $55
for non-CMA members.
The IMQ reporting form defines the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ requirements,
including the maximum number of credits for different types of activities.
Click here to download a 2014 reporting form.
Click here to download a general reporting form that can be used for any year.
Click here to download information for teaching medical students and residents.
Click here to download the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award and credit system handbook.
Click here to download the CME Certification FAQs.
For more information, contact: