Online Core Curriculum on Medical Direction

The Online Core Curriculum is the first part of the Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Training Course, covering 22 critical areas impacting PALTC leadership and management. Upon completion of Online Core Curriculum, participants will be able to leverage the knowledge and skills learned to effectively fulfill the roles, functions, and tasks of the PALTC Medical Director.

The Online Core includes on-demand presentations and assessments that participants can complete on their own schedule while earning up to 29 credits.  

Online Core Curriculum Syllabus (PDF)

Course Registration and Access

Once registered, course participants can access the online modules 24/7 through the Society’s Learning Management System, APEX. The Society recommends a 12-week completion schedule of the course, with approximately 2-3 hours of work weekly, which is outlined in the Course Syllabus. Participants will have access to the course for up to 6 months after the date of initial course registration

Faculty Forums

To provide an opportunity to interact with other course participants and members of the Core Curriculum Committee Faculty, there will be live, monthly “Faculty Forums” available for participants to attend. Each forum will be based on a topic area from the online modules, and the speakers will relate the course material to potential real life situations that you may experience as a Medical Director. Each forum is eligible for up to 1.0 live CME/CMD credit. Participants can access the Faculty Forums through the Online Core Curriculum course in APEX.

As a reminder, the Online Core Curriculum and Faculty Forum are prerequisites for attending the Core Synthesis weekend and meeting the educational requirement to apply to become a Certified Medical Director.

Course Pricing

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Credit Information

Physician CME

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine designates this other activity (live webinar and eLearning) for a maximum of 29.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CMD Credit

This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 29.0 management hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.


The Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Long-Term Care, or its equivalent on long-term care management, is required for all Certified Medical Director (CMD) candidates. This course is the foundation for certification as an APBLM CMD. Taking the course does not make you a CMD. There are other requirements to complete. For more information, follow this link or contact the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) at 410-992-3117.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 29.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points and patient safety MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

ABFM Family Medicine Certification (formerly MC-FP)

This activity may be eligible to help meet ABFM Family Medicine Certification (formerly MC-FP) Requirements. Participants may self-report AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM to meet Certification requirements via the Physician Portfolio on the ABFM website. All CME credits are subject to final approval by the ABFM.