TMA Human Trafficking CME Meets Medical License Renewal Requirements
By David Doolittle


As the Texas Medical Association reported in June, physicians who renew their medical licenses after Sept. 1, 2020, are required to take one hour of CME that addresses human trafficking.

TMA has now published its own CME course to educate physicians on how to identify, treat, and respond to people who are at risk or who have been trafficked.

The course, Identifying Human Trafficking in Texas: What Physicians Need to Know, meets all required Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) human trafficking training standards.

The CME requirement, which state lawmakers approved last year, is intended to raise awareness of and help curb human trafficking in Texas. At any given time, about 79,000 minors and young people are victims of sex trafficking in Texas, according to the attorney general’s office. In addition, more than 230,000 people are victims of labor trafficking in Texas.

TMA’s new course will help physicians:

  • Recognize the elements of patient medical history, physical, and behaviors that suggest potential human trafficking;
  • Screen patients for human trafficking; and
  • Take appropriate action with patients and authorities in cases of suspected human trafficking. 

The CME has been accredited for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and 1 Ethics, and is free for TMA members and practice staff thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.   

It will soon be on the  Texas Human Trafficking Resource Center.

You also can find information and resources on TMA’s Human Trafficking webpage.

Last Updated On

October 22, 2020

Originally Published On

October 12, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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