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The following resources may be helpful in planning your CME activity:

State Regulatory Mandates—What to Consider

The majority of state licensing boards have established content-specific CME requirements. Please visit the State CME Requirement page for summaries of each state's CME requirements.

When planning your CME activity, please consider the following:

  • Does the state licensing board require its physicians to complete a board-approved CME activity in order to meet the requirement? For example, the West Virginia Board of Medicine requires physicians to complete 3-hours of Board-approved CME in drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances. You may submit a request to have your activity approved by the West Virginia Board of Medicine. Know your state medical board's approval process/policy if applicable. 
  • Does your CME activity address the content specified by the state licensing board? For example, in order to meet the North Carolina Medical Board's Controlled Substances Prescribing requirement, the CME activity must include instruction on controlled substance prescribing practices, recognizing signs or the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain.
  • Do you need to include specific language in the title of your CME activity in order for it to meet the state licensing board's requirement? For example, the Alaska State Medical Board requires the title/description of the program on the CME Certificate reference Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction.
  • How many CME are required in the specific content area over what time span? For example, the Pennsylvania State Medical Board requires physicians to complete 12 CME Credit hours in Patient Safety/Risk Management every biennial license renewal cycle. A CME activity with 6 CME Credit hours in Patient Safety/Risk Management will meet the annual average needed.

If the content of your educational activity may meet state CME requirements, please indicate the relevant portions of your activity's schedule and the corresponding topics as part of the CME Application process through the ACS CME Platform.

Please contact Liz McAllister at or 312-202-5122 for questions about state-specific CME requirements.

Creating Effective Presentations

Tiding Up Your Presentation (Stanford Medicine)

Resources for Making Better PowerPoint Presentations (Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching)

The Cure for Bad Powerpoint: A Review of Presentation Zen (Cult of Pedagogy)

Effective Poster Presentations (NPR)

Visual Abstracts

Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Videos

Test-Item Writing Resources

The following resources may be helpful for test-item writing (post-tests for Self-Assessment Credit).

5 Steps for Multiple-Choice Question Writing (University of Nebraska Medical Center's Office of Academic Affairs)