CME stands for Continuing Medical Education and describes the educational activities medical professionals engage in to maintain, refresh, or increase their knowledge, skills, and performance.

In the United States, some states require physicians to earn a specific number of CME credits annually to maintain their licenses. Many hospitals also pay attention to this requirement to make sure their staff remain credentialed to treat patients.

Additionally, CME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association toward the Physician’s Recognition Award, which can also add value to healthcare professionals’ careers.