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Medical Direction Course Requirement


CMD Initial certification, Step One General Eligibility requirements include completion of a course on medical direction in long-term care medicine that covers the body of knowledge for a medical director in post-acute and long-term care settings.  AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine provides a course entitled "Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-term Care" which meets the general education eligibility requirement.  You can learn more about the Core Curriculum course from AMDA at Consideration of equivalent medical direction courses must be submitted to the ABPLM Board of Directors in advance of completion of coursework through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  See the initial certification application for details on core curriculum content areas.

Here's what one Core Curriculum participant said about the course:


“The Core Curriculum provides education about PALTC that I did not get from medical school, residency, or fellowship. It is specific to better navigating the complex clinical and administrative challenges in the nursing home. AMDA's education is very high yield and relevant to my practice in the nursing home and as medical director."


CME Education Sources for CMD Certification


The American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) reviews CME education programs for ABPLM pre-approved credits toward certification and recertification.  A partial list of sources of ABPLM pre-approved credits include:


AMDA Accredited Meetings


  • AMDA Annual Conference

  • AMDA’s Advanced Curriculum on Medical Direction

  • AMDA webinars

  • AMDA state chapter meetings


Visit the AMDA website for live and self-study credits good toward certification and recertification.


Other Accredited Providers


  • National and State Chapter AGS programs

  • LeadingAge


  • University of Alabama Medical School

  • Penn State College of Medicine

  • UCLA

  • Harvard Medical School Division of Aging

  • Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center

  • Kindred Healthcare

  • Regency Healthcare

  • Small group LTC Medical Directors meetings


Check the Events Calendar for upcoming ABPLM pre-approved CME activities. If you regularly attend CME programs which you believe have content that would apply toward your CMD certification or recertification, please consider suggesting to the program sponsors that they apply to have their activities awarded ABPLM pre-approved credits.


Click here for applications to apply for credits, or contact the ABPLM at

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