General Requirements

Currently, physicians in Illinois must earn 150 hours of continuing medical education (CME) credit in a three-year relicensure period. At the end of the three-year period, physicians renew their licenses through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by attesting to compliance with state CME requirements.

For a more in-depth look at requirements and the renewal process, click here.

New State of Illinois Requirements for 2023 License Renewal

Illinois physicians will be required to complete CME hours in the following four topic areas:
  • 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 relicensure.
  • Recognizing Dementia
    This 1-hour requirement applies to every licensed healthcare professional who interacts with patients 26 years of age or older. It involves completing a 1-hour training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • Implicit Bias
    This 1-hour requirement on recognizing implicit bias in health care applies to all licensed healthcare professionals.
All four 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. For assistance on accessing publications or completing the listed activities, please contact the sponsoring organization.
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: 8/9/2024

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: 4/14/2023

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.
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.
Reducing Stigma Educational Tools (ReSET)
Hours Offered: 1.5 | Associated Cost: Free

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School presents interactive online learning activities designed to reduce the stigma of patients with opioid use disorder.
Other Resources and Publications
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.
Point-of-Care Naloxone Distribution in the Emergency Department: A Pilot Study
The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) shares the results of a study evaluating the feasibility of point-of-care (POC) distribution of naloxone in an ED.

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 in Illinois will need to complete 1 hour of sponsored training per 3 year renewal cycle.


Hours Offered: 1 | Associated Cost: Free

This activity is presented and accredited by the American Medical Association (AMA).

*Information about the University of Chicago annual "Preventing Harassment and Discrimination" required (2-3 hour) employee 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