Credit for Volunteering
In May 2019, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners proposed a rule change for N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15, which would implement hours of volunteer service for credit toward the 100 hour continuing medical education credit every biennial renewed period. Essentially, the Board proposal would permit a licensee to gain up to 10 hours of continuing medical education credits by providing care outside of their offices to low-income patients. Licensees will gain one credit for every two hours of care spent. However, volunteer hours are not counted toward the 40 hours required in Category I courses. Additionally, the Board has discretion to deny a licensee from including volunteer hours for credit if the licensee has to complete continuing education credit hours to maintain competence or to address developments in science or technology.
The Proposed Rule is open for comments until July 19, 2019. Comments should be submitted to:
William Roeder, Executive Director
State Board of Medical Examiners
PO Box 183
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0183