Medical Licensure in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), through its Bureau of Professional Licensing, works with health and occupational boards to establish continuing education (CE) rules and requirements for each licensed profession. 

State-issued licensure is required for allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians; each is required to complete 150 hours of CE activities in the three years immediately preceding their application for renewal. The purpose of CE is to ensure that all licensees are equipped with valuable professional insights, trends in their field, and the latest research-driven best practices in their respective specialties.

State-mandated Training Topics

Medical Ethics

  • For each licensure cycle, LARA mandates that physicians complete one CE training hour in the area of medical ethics.

Pain & Symptom Management

  • Physicians must have three hours of CE training in the area of pain and symptom management.
  • At least one of the three CE hours must include controlled substances prescribing.
  • This may include clinical physician communication related to pain, management of pain, quality pain care, or ethics and health related to pain, among others.

Human Trafficking

  • Michigan also mandates that physicians receive training in the area of identifying vicitms of human trafficking.
  • Although this one-time CE requirement must be completed prior to your next licensure renewal, and for initial licensure beginning Dec. 6, 2021, it does not count toward your overall 150 required CEs.

Implicit Bias

  • Effective June 1, 2022, physicians must complete CE training on implicit bias for initial licensure as well as license renewal
  • New physician license applicants must complete a minimum of two hours of implicit bias training within the 5 years immediately preceding the issuance of a license
  • For physicians already licensed, the requirement is one hour of CE per cycle year prior to renewing their license.
  • The rule defines implicit bias as "an attitude or internalized sterotype that affects an individual's perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientiation, religion,, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic." (Public Health Code - Rule 338.7001(c))
  • If the 90-day renewal window for your license spans across June 1, 2022, the training is not required if you renew prior to June 1, 2022. However, if you choose to renew on or after June 1, 2022, the training is required.
  • Frequently asked questions

Additional CE Options

To best accommodate the specific interests and professional pursuits of physicians, the remaining hours required for medical licensure renewal can be accumulated through a variety of means, such as:

  • Acquiring up to 50 hours for a specialty board certification or recertification examination; or by
  • Participating in a clinical program; and
  • Earning up to 48 hours for MDs and 90 hours for DOs by serving as a clinical instructor for medical students.

CE training hours are also awarded for initial scientific exhibits, posters, or papers for medical associations (up to 24 hours for MDs, 90 hours for DOs), and for the publication of a scientific article (up to 24 hours for MDs, 90 hours for DOs).

If you have questions about the eligibility of a CE activity required for medical licenusre in Michigan, visit, email [email protected], or call 517.241.0199.

MAFP-hosted Training

To help members meet LARA's training requirements, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians / Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan hosts sessions on medical ethics, pain and symptom management, human trafficking, and implicit bias during its annual Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo and other CME events and live webinars as well as on-demand webinars.

Maintainance of Records

Regardless of how physicians choose to acquire their required CE training hours, it’s crucial that all physicians obtainand maintain appropriate documentation related to the completion of their credits for four years from the date of applying for license renewal.

LARA will randomly audit license renewal applications to ensure the licensee has met all requirements for renewal.

These CE requirements help licensed physicians remain actively engaged in their respective profession and/or specialty area, in addition to staying on top of current standards and practices. LARA partners with MAFP and other statewide healthcare associations, along with its medical boards, as it continuously reviews these requirements to ensure they are meeting the needs of licensed physicians.