PRESS RELEASE March 18, 2020: IDFPR Press Release

IDFPR Announces Measures to Assist Licensees and Education Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

“all current licensees whose license renewal deadlines fall within the period beginning March 1, 2020 through and including, July 31, 2020 shall have up to, and including, September 30, 2020, to renew their licenses”


New State of Illinois Requirements for 2020 License Renewal

Illinois physicians will be required to complete three CME hours on safe opioid prescribing practices offered or accredited by a professional association, state government agency, or federal agency.
 
Additionally, every licensed professional in Illinois, including physicians, is required to complete one hour of continuing education specific sexual harassment prevention.
 
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing Training - IDFPR FAQ (pdf)
    The 3-hour education requirement for safe prescribing of opioids is applicable to all licensed healthcare professionals who also possess an Illinois Controlled Substance License. This includes any faculty, advanced practice providers, and current GME trainees who may be renewing their license.
     
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - IDFPR FAQ (pdf)
    The 1-hour sexual harassment prevention education mandate applies to ANY profession licensed by the state that requires continuing education as a condition of re-licensure.
Both of the requirements noted above count toward the 150 hours CME required for renewal. For complete information on license renewal requirements for the state of Illinois, click here.
 
Please find accredited, educational opportunities linked below that can assist with meeting the state's new CME/CE requirements.

Some resources may require memberships, payment, or login creations.
 
Opioid Safe Prescribing
Recommended Accredited Activities By Federal, State, or Professional Society
 
Hours Offered: Up to 11 | Associated Cost: Free | Expires: Dates Vary

The CDC offers interactive training that assists providers in applying the CDC's guidelines on safe prescribing. Modules are worth 1 credit each, self-paced and free of charge. You must be logged into the CDC's online education platform, TCEO, to best access the modules and claim credit. Instructions can be found here.
 
Opioid Risk Management
Hours Offered: 20 | Associated Cost: Free | Expires: 12/31/2022

Presented by the American College of Physicians, this online activity is part of a larger series regarding improved clinical care. The module requires a login, a pre-assessment, and post-assessment.
 
Pain Management and Opioids CME
Hours Offered: 10 | Associated Cost: Free | Expires: April 3, 2022

The new Pain Management and Opioids modules within NEJM Knowledge + Internal Medicine Board Review and Family Medicine Board Review are offered in partnership with Boston University School of Medicine’s Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program.
 
Safe and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing: A Systems-based Approach
Hours Offered: 3 | Associated Cost: Free | Expires: Dates Vary

Jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Talem MedEd, this is a 3-part CME/CE activity series that educates clinicians on how to safely and effectively treat pain.
 
Safer Opioid Prescribing for Pain in Adolescents and Young Adults in Outpatient Settings
Hours Offered: 1 | Associated Cost: Free | Expires: June 26, 2020
 
Designed for Pediatricians, this activity is provided by the Boston University School of Medicine's Scope of Pain program.
 
Illinois State Medical Society
Hours Offered: 5 | Associated Cost: Free for ISMS members. $75 for non-ISMS members. | Expires: Dates Vary

The Illinois State Medical Society is offering five accredited activities, each worth 1 CME credit. Find them under the "ISMS CME Course" heading on the ISMS page linked above.
 
Other Resources
 
American Medical Association - Ed Hub
Listed here are CME accredited opportunities, specific to Illinois requirements from the American Medical Association (AMA), and includes journal-based CME activities in various specialties. 
 
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Provided here are CME activities (various credits and expiration dates) related to opioids, including a section focused on prescribing.
 
A Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy has been put in place, as required by the FDA, for known and potential risks related to opioids and analgesics. The program includes multiple accredited, educational opportunities for providers.

Sexual Harassment Prevention
*University of Chicago Faculty: Please see the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) FAQ pdf on sexual harassment prevention training. Physicians will need to complete 1 hour of sponsored training per 3 year renewal cycle.


Activities

Hours Offered: 1 | Associated Cost: Free | Expires: 12/31/2020

This activity is presented and accredited by the American Medical Association (AMA).
 
Illinois State Medical Society
Hours Offered: Up to 2 | Associated Cost: Free for ISMS members. $50 for non-ISMS members. | Expires: 12/31/2021

The Illinois State Medical Society offers two activities on sexual misconduct.
 

*Information about the University sponsored LawRoom training has been disseminated through University communications. Additional information can be found through the Office of the Provost Equal Opportunity Program's website here.
 
While we do our best to stay on top of updates, links to activities and other resources are constantly changing. If you find a broken link or an outdated resource, please let us know. Additionally, if you have a program or resource that you would like to see on this list, reach out to us as well! Contact us via e-mail at cme@bsd.uchicago.edu.