The Continuing Medical Education (CME) Recertification Program is a state-widerecertification option that allows a Certified First Responder (CFR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Emergency Medical Technician – Critical Care (EMT- CC), or Paramedic to renew certification without the need to complete a cognitive or psychomotor certification examination. To qualify to participate in the program, candidates must;
a) Be currently certified;
b) Be free from criminal convictions that would bar the candidate from certification in accordance with NYCRR Title 10, Chapter 6, Part 800.8;
c) Be in continuous practice; actively providing prehospital patient care during their period of certification, at or below their level of certification.
d) Demonstrate competency in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains;
e) Complete required ongoing continuing medical education and skills proficiency verification.
Applicants must submit, through the participating agency, a BEMS Participant Registration Form (DOH-4226). This form must be received prior to, or at the time of, recertification in the CME Program.
Renewal applications must be postmarked at least 45 days before certification expires.
Applications may not be submitted more than 9 months prior to their current certification expiration date.
Participants must not allow their certification to expire during the Program. Expired certifications are not eligible for renewal through the CME Program. Participants who are taken off line are not eligible for renewal through the CME Program.
**Members participating in our CME program must have 25 documented patient contacts, where you are involved in patient care, and complete the "CME Program Continuous Practice form" to get credit for Continuous Practice no later than 7 days after the call. Documents produced after 7 days will not count towards continuous practice.
*Continuous Practice - The definition of continuous practice and an “active” member of an agency will differ between agencies. However, BEMS considers proof of continuous practice as meeting the following requirements: