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ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, THE PRACTICE OF “VAPING,” “JUULING” AND USE OF OTHER ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR ENDS

Committee on Physician Assistants

Continuing Education

2017 Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines Symposia

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

 

All physician assistants must, within a two (2) year period prior to the application for license renewal, complete one hundred (100) hours of continuing medical education satisfactory to the Committee.

The division of hours between Category I and Category II continuing medical education must be consistent with the requirements of the N.C.C.P.A. as described on the most current A.A.P.A. "Continuing Medical Education Logging Form."

All physician assistants must indicate, by their signature on the license renewal form, that they have completed the required number of continuing medical education hours, during whichever of the following two (2) year periods applies to the applicant:

For those certified by the N.C.C.P.A.; the most recent two (2) year period (depending upon the year of initial certification of the applicant by the N.C.C.P.A.) utilized by N.C.C.P.A. to determine whether that person has obtained sufficient continuing medical education hours to maintain his or her professional certification.

For those not certified by the N.C.C.P.A.; the most recent two (2) year period (depending upon the year of birth of the licensee rather than the year of initial certification by the N.C.C.P.A.), which if utilized by the N.C.C.P.A. would determine whether that person would have (had he or she been nationally certified) obtained sufficient continuing medical education hours to maintain his or her professional certification.

All Physician Assistants must retain documentation of completion of all continuing education hours for a period of four (4) years from the end of the renewal period for which it was acquired. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification if requested by the Committee during its verification process.

Continuing education must be approved in content, structure and format by either the American Medical Association or the AAPA to satisfy the Committee's requirements.

Education hours obtained, as a result of compliance with the terms of any disciplinary action taken by the Committee or the Board of Medical Examiners shall not count toward the hours required for any renewal period.

All licensees, regardless of whether they possess a DEA registration, must complete at least two hours of continuing medical education related to controlled substance prescribing, which must include instruction in the Department’s treatment guidelines (i.e., Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines) on opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and carisoprodol and may include topics such as medicine addiction, risk management tools, and other topics approved by the Committee. 

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

By signing the renewal application form, licensees affirm that they have met this requirement.  The Department of Health will be auditing licensees to determine and confirm compliance.

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-02-.19 (1).

Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-1-402.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-1-402(c).