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Certified Medical Director (CMD) Certification

The American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (formerly the AMDA Certified Medical Director Program) was developed by the American Medical Directors Association (now AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) in 1991, after three years of research and development using surveys, consensus conferences, and experts to define the core skills and knowledge necessary for effective medical direction. The ABPLM currently offers a certification program for medical directors in post-acute and long-term care medicine (ABPLM CMD). 


Certification is based on evidence of clinical and management education and experience, which is documented through an application process.


Initial Certification Eligibility Requirements


Recertification or Reinstatement Eligibility Requirements

CMD applications are downloadable from the links below.


If you have difficulty downloading the forms, contact the ABPLM director, at 410-740-9743 or via e-mail at Applications are reviewed twice each year. The due dates for applications are April 1 and October 1.

Click here for full details on the process, timeline, and fees associated with CMD certification.

To verify the current verification of a CMD, go to our Certification Verification page.

Journey to Becoming a CMD in California

California Legislation Mandates CMD Certification for Skilled Nursing Home Medical Directors

California Assembly Bill AB 749 requires nursing home medical directors in California to be certified by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine (ABPLM). AB 749 will help ensure that every medical director in California is prepared to provide effective oversight of quality and safety in their nursing homes. Find out more about this legislation and about the process to become certified by the ABPLM.

Engaged Certified Medical Directors (CMD)

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The Value of an Engaged Medical Director

Hiring Certified Medical Directors for nursing homes can greatly benefit your nursing home chain by providing expert leadership and guidance in the delivery of healthcare services. These professionals have undergone rigorous training in geriatric medicine and are well-versed in the unique needs of older adults. They are committed to staying current on the latest research and best practices, ensuring that residents receive the highest quality care possible. In addition, Certified Medical Directors can work closely with staff and families to create a positive and supportive environment that promotes healing and wellness. Investing in the expertise of a Certified Medical Director can ultimately lead to improved outcomes and a better overall experience for residents.

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