Vermont License Requirements

The Vermont Board of Medical Practice’s CMIE rules for re-licensure include a general requirement for 30 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM during each licensure cycle. This includes a minimum of one credit for hospice, palliative care, pain management, as well as a minimum of two credits for prescribing controlled substances (required only for licensees who have or have applied for DEA registration).

The current two-year cycle runs from December 1, 2022 through November 30, 2024. 

See some offerings listed below that offer credits for these required subjects.

CMIE Rules

2022 Physician License Renewal Information

Vermont Medical Practice Board CME Tips & Information

Rule Governing the Prescribing of Opioids for Pain

State of Vermont Medical Board Rules on CME, Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management credit and Prescribing Controlled Substances

  • Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management: see Board Rule 22.1.5
  • Prescribing Controlled Substances: see Board Rule 22.1.6
Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act 

The MATE took effect in June 2023. This act requires new or renewing DEA licensees to have completed a total of at least eight hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders and the appropriate treatment of pain.

Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act FAQ from the ACCME

Upcoming CMIE Events
Offering Credit Toward These Requirements


    Hospital Medicine Conference
    February 7-9, 2024

    Pain Management - David Rand, DO
  • 1.0 VT "Pain Management" credit
  • 1.0 MATE credit
  • Initiating Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital - Elly Riser, MD, MPH
  • 1.0 VT "Prescribing Controlled Substances" credit
  • 1.0 MATE credit

  • Medicine Grand Rounds - September 22, 2023

    Caring for Hospitalized Patients with Opioid Use Disorder - Elly Riser, MD, MPH
  • 1.0 "Prescribing Controlled Substances" credit
  • 1.0 MATE credit

  • Vermont Academic Detailing - July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

    Sessions have been approved for 1.0 Prescribing Controlled Substances Credit

    • Advanced Management of Opioids

- This session highlights the practical aspects of managing patients prescribed opioids in primary care.  This session includes reviewing the rules for both prescribing and querying the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS).  This session also includes information about how to safely initiate and discontinue opioids in primary care.

    • Management of Fibromyalgia

- This topic includes reviewing the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, evaluating the evidence for non-pharmacologic management options, and discussing the pharmacologic approaches to management.


    Scope of Pain

    Scope of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with acute and/or chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. (This program is offered through the Boston University School of Medicine.

  • No cost
  • https://www.scopeofpain.org/core-curriculum/online-training/
  • 2 ABIM/ABMS credits
  • 2 AAFP credits
  • 2 Prescribing Controlled Substances credits
  • Credits count toward MATE requirement

  • Pain Management and Opioids CME

    Pain management is evolving, and medical professionals need to be aware of current guidelines and clinical best practices. NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids CME course enhances your knowledge about opioids, so you can feel more confident managing pain appropriately.  This CME course is offered FREE to medical Professionals.

  • No cost
  • AMA/ABIM MOC Credit
  • Qualifies for Prescribing Controlled Substances credit
Do you need to meet the Vermont State Requirement for Prescribing Controlled Substances or Hospice, Pain Management, End of Life credit?

Please check out our online activities.

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