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FAQs: New Implicit Bias Training Requirement – June 1, 2022

Thursday, June 9, 2022

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) now requires implicit bias training for physicians and other health care professionals. The requirements apply to both new applicants as well as those renewing their existing licenses or registrations starting on June 1, 2022. 

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the new training requirements:

What professions need to comply with this new rule regarding Implicit Bias Training?

All health care professions licensed or registered under the Michigan Public Health Code are required to take Implicit Bias Training. This includes medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, and physician assistants.

Are the MSMS Implicit Bias Training opportunities acceptable for other health care providers relicensure?

            Yes, the MSMS Implicit Bias Training is acceptable for all health care professionals.

When does this requirement begin?

The new requirement took effect on June 1, 2022.  If you renew on or after June 1, 2022, the training is required. The training is also required for all new applications for licensure received on or after June 1, 2022.

How many hours of training do I need?

New Applicants for licensure are required to have completed 2 hours of implicit bias training within the 5 years immediately preceding issuance of the license or registration.

Renewing licensees are required to complete 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle. However, for initial renewal after June 1, 2021, licensees will only need to have 1 hour for each year since the rule’s promulgation date of June 1, 2021.


Renewal Timeframe

Implicit Bias Educational Hours Needed

June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022


June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023

1 hour

June 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024

2 hours

June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025

3 hours

Subsequent renewals will require 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of the license or registration cycle.  For fully licensed physicians, this will be 3 hours for their 3-year license. 

How is this training different from other mandated CME?

1.     Training must include strategies to reduce disparities in access to and delivery of health care services.

2.     Training must include the administration of pre- and post-test implicit bias assessments.

3.     The training must have a live component.

Does watching a video meet the requirements of the training?

No.  Solely recorded or archived content is not allowable, a live component is required that incorporates interaction among the participants (with each other and the instructor). Acceptable modalities of training are a teleconference or webinar that permits live synchronous interaction, a live presentation, or an interactive online instruction. 

BUYERS BEWARE!!  Many professional medical education companies are racing to provide implicit bias content to meet Michigan relicensure requirements.  While they claim they meet Michigan LARA requirements, most do not.  Please make sure your class has a live component (meaning in-person) and a pre AND post implicit bias assessment is included. 

What courses can I take through MSMS?

MSMS has many opportunities to meet your Implicit Bias Training needs from 1- 3 hours of education. 

The MSMS Foundation worked with state-wide experts in diversity and equity on a brand-new two-part monthly series, titled, “Reducing Unconscious Bias - an Imperative (RUBI): Foundation and Impacts on Patient Care,” which includes a one-hour on-demand video followed by a half-hour live webinar.  To meet the implicit bias requirement, physicians will need to complete Part 1 and Part 2 to receive 1.5 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. 

After completing Part 1, participants may choose any of the following Part 2 sessions to complete the activity: 

June 15, 2022
July 13, 2022
August 10, 2022
September 21, 2022
October 12, 2022
November 16, 2022
November 30, 2022

All sessions will run from 12:00-12:30 pm.

Additional 2022 opportunities include:

Conference Title:




A Day of Board of Medicine Renewal Requirements – September 2022


September 23, 2022

Live Onsite – Marriott East Lansing

1-hr Medical Ethics

3-hr Pain & Symptom Management

3-hr Implicit Bias

Monday Night Medicine: Implicit Bias

October 3, 2022

Live Virtual

1.5-hr Implicit Bias

ASM: Implicit Bias

October 13, 2022

Live Virtual

3-hr Implicit Bias

A Day of Board of Medicine Renewal Requirements – November 2022


November 4, 2022

Live Onsite – Sheraton Ann Arbor

1-hr Medical Ethics

3-hr Pain & Symptom Management

3-hr Implicit Bias

Monday Night Medicine: Implicit Bias

November 7, 2022

Live Virtual

1.5-hr Implicit Bias

For more information on the implicit bias requirement or any other issues regarding physician licensing, please contact Rebecca Blake, MSMS's Senior Director, Education, Foundation, and Subsidiaries, at (517) 336-5729.

More information on the MSMS Implicit Bias Monthly Series>>  

Statement of Accreditation:
The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement: The MSMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: The ACCME is approved by the Board of Nursing as an acceptable provider of continuing education for license renewal or relicensure.