Medical association creates continuing medical education tool


The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) recently created a list of licensing and education requirements for the state’s physicians.

The Minnesota Legislature passed a law during the 2019 session requiring licenses with authority to prescribe controlled substances to obtain at least two hours of continuing medical education.

This education must include best practices for prescribing opioids and controlled substances, and
training on nonpharmacological and implantable device alternatives for the treatment of pain and ongoing pain management.

To fulfill the mandate, MMA created an online, self-paced activity that is available on the association’s website at no cost to members. Feedback is available immediately and includes
the answer to each question along with commentary and references.

Participants must submit the documentation of completion to the state Board of Medical Practice via e-mail or mail. The courses must be completed between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2022.

Licensees participating in the Minnesota Department of Human Service’s Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program are exempt from education requirements.

The legislature also set requirements for continuing education credits regarding fetal alcohol syndrome, and parental depression. The state requires all health-related licensing boards to include information about the health professionals services program on their websites.