Human Trafficking CME Required for Medical License Renewal

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How much do you know about human trafficking?

Do you know that according to the latest data available, about 79,000 minors and young people are victims of sex trafficking in Texas at any given time?

Are you aware that more than 230,000 people are victims of labor trafficking in Texas?

To raise awareness of and help curb human trafficking in Texas, state legislators passed a law last year requiring direct patient care physicians who renew their medical license after Sept. 1, 2020, to take one hour of CME that addresses human trafficking.

In April, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) included a new course – SOAR to Health and Wellness – on its Texas Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The free course is designed to educate health care professionals, social workers, and behavioral health professionals on how to identify, treat, and respond to people who are at risk or who have been trafficked. It has been accredited for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

In addition, the Texas Medical Association is developing a self-paced course that is expected to be approved in the summer.

Find more information on the new requirement on the HHSC website.

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

Last Updated On

June 05, 2020

Originally Published On

June 05, 2020

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