Chennai: All practitioners of modern medicine registered with the Tamil Nadu Medical Council will now have to submit a proof of 30 credit hours of Continuous Medical Education (CME) undertaken by them in the 5 years during 2012-17, as the state medical regulator recently took out a gazette notification to this effect.
Not completing the mandatory training will make them liable for a fine.
The gazette notification states
The Tamil Nadu Medical Council directs all its registered medical practitioners practising in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar to strictly comply the clause 1.2.3. of the Code of Medical Ethics of the Council on the updating of knowledge by the medical practitioners by way of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and accruing 30 credit hours in 5 years. The procedure and the eligibility is as given in the Gazette of Government of Tamil Nadu Part VI Section 1 dated 10th October 2018.
The Tamil Nadu Medical Council in its meeting held on 30-10-2018 has resolved to strictly implement the above clause among other things forthwith. Hence, all registered doctors are directed to update their CME credit hours accrued from 1st June 2012 to 31st May 2017 and the next block years from 1st June, 2017 in the prescribed format along with attendance sheet, certificates to the Tamil Nadu Medical Council to the address given below
The notification adds the CME conducted by recognised/accredited organisations by the State Medical Council only will be credited. Also, the following procedure and eligibility is mentioned in the notification
• The list of accredited organisations is given in the council website. These organisations can claim retrospective
recognition of CMEs held between 2012-2017, subject to verification by the Council.
• The members attending the CME by these organisations should affix their signature and fill up all the details
like registration number, mobile number, Email ID etc for proper crediting by the State Medical Council.
• A fee of Rs 50/- is to be paid for each participant for importing credit hours. No certificates will be issued
by the council but updation will be done in the individual credit hours which can be verified in website/message by
SMS. Alternatively a fee of Rs. 100/- is to be paid for obtaining Certificate. The Organisation will pay the same by
Demand Draft or by Online Payment.
• The 2 hourly online CME will be awarded 1 credit hour.
• The application for updation of CME Credit hours is available in the website. The practitioner should
pay Rs 50 per CME Programme as fees in DD or by Online Payment (if not paid already by the organiser as said above)
• These resolutions will be published as notifications in the Gazette of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
The update process of CME credit hours both for the period 2012-2017 and for 2017-2022 will be started from
1st December, 2018. The launch of on-line CME will be done shortly, the notification added
To ensure that medical practitioners stay updated with the latest medical advancements, many state medical councils have mandated compulsory CME, linking the 30 CME credit hours ( 90 actual hours) as a must for renewals of registration.