How to finish your Ethics CME requirement for the Texas Medical Board
If you have a Texas medical license, the Texas Medical Board requires you to earn 2 formal credits in Ethics every 2 years. If you already have an account on Orbit, earning these credits is easy.
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1. Log into your Orbit plugin on Chrome.
You’ll need to be logged into your plugin to register articles and abstracts for Texas Ethics credit.
Recommended: Orbit Basics — How to Log into Your Plugin
2. Search articles on ethics in PubMed.
The Texas Medical Board officially wants you to review topics related to “ethics and/or professional responsibility”. Search PubMed for related topics with search terms like “ethics” to get started.
When you land on an abstract or article of interest, click on the plugin to check if it’s registering the article. You don’t need to click the plugin every time you see an article of interest — the plugin lets you submit your articles in the background while you browse.
3. Redeem 4 abstracts or articles using the Ethics tag
Each article counts for 0.5 credits. You’ll need to tag 4 articles with the “Medical Ethics” tag to get to the required 2 credits.
Be careful to tag only abstracts or articles that strictly relate to “ethics and/or professional responsibility”. If you are audited by the Texas Medical Board, they will be able to review the exact abstracts or articles you selected to satisfy this credit, so it’s no use tagging irrelevant articles to satisfy this requirement.
Here are some good open-access articles to get you started.
(1) Use of Social Media in Radiology Education, JACR, 2018
(4) Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Radiology, Radiology, 2019
We found these just by searching PubMed using the terms “radiology ethics” without the quotes. If you’re not excited about radiology ethics, you might be more interested in searching “urology ethics” or “anesthesiology ethics” or “medical ethics” in PubMed. The abstracts in PubMed also count, in case Orbit doesn’t yet recognize the journal you’re interested in.
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