Member CME Requirements

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What are the CME requirements for membership?

Active and Supporting (FP) members must submit at least 150 credits every three calendar years. This is called a re-election cycle. The 150 credits must include at least 75 Prescribed credits and 25 from live learning activities. Some chapters also require “chapter credits.” Check with your chapter for more information.

An exemption of the 25 credits of live activity is allowed for members who submit evidence that they are providing medical care in a missionary/charitable practice setting in an overseas practice for more than a 12-month period.

Members in other membership categories are not required to report CME but may do so to maintain a centralized location for their CME Record.

How can I check my re-election status?

I have over 150 CME credits on record but my re-election status says I need more. Why?

This could be for any of five reasons:

  1. You have not reported the minimum requirement of 75 Prescribed credits.
  2. You have not reported the minimum requirement of 25 credits of Live activities.
  3. It is possible you have exceeded the maximum limits of:
    1. Enrichment (limited to 25 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    2. Publication of an original research paper (limited to 45 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    3. Teaching (limited to 60 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    4. Presentation/publication of a paper (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    5. Preparation/presentation of a scientific medical exhibit (limited to 15 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    6. Peer Review Manuscripts listed in Medline (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle
    7. Participation in clinical research studies (limited to 30 credits druing a three-year re-election cycle)
    8. Writing test questions (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    9. Advanced training (limited to 25 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    10. Taking a board Examination (limited to 25 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
    11. Medical writing (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)
  4. You have not reported the minimum credits required by your chapter (check with your chapter for more information).
  5. The 150 credits are not within your re-election cycle.

Are there maximum allowances for certain activities?

Yes.

  1. Enrichment: limited to 25 Elective credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  2. Publication of an original research paper: limited to 15 Prescribed credits per paper; 45 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  3. Presentation or publication of a paper: limited to 10 Elective credits per paper; 30 Elective credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  4. Preparation and presentation of a scientific medical exhibit: limited to 15 Elective credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  5. Participation in clinical research studies including case reports, case series, systematic reviews, and other descriptive and experimental studies: limited to 30 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  6. Teaching of medical students, residents, physicians, physician assistant students, physician assistants, nurse practitioner students, nurse practitioners, nursing students, or nurses in formal individual (preceptorships) or live educational formats: limited to 60 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle.
  7. Peer review manuscripts from journals listed in Medline: limited to 2 credits per manuscript with a maximum of 30 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  8. Writing test questions: limited to 30 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  9. Completion of a medically related master’s degree or a fellowship/mini-fellowship program beyond family medicine residency training: limited to 25 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  10. Taking an ABFM exam certification or recertification exam is eligible for up to 25 Elective credits during a three-year re-election cycle
  11. Medical writing: limited to 30 Elective credits during a three-year re-election cycle

I have to report my CME to other entities. Why do I have to report to the AAFP, too?

  • By reporting to us, you have a centralized location for your CME record.
  • You have 24-hour access to your CME transcript and can e-mail a copy of your transcript to the other organizations to which you belong.
  • In most cases we can report your name to the American Board of Family Medicine as having met their CME requirements to sit for the recertification exam.
  • It is also a requirement of your membership.

If I don't have the 150 credits, can I receive an extension?

The Bylaws do not allow for an extension to earn CME credit.

If you are concerned that you may not have the CME requirements, contact us at (800) 274-2237 or contactcenter@aafp.org. We can assist you in getting your CME recorded. In many cases, after speaking with one of our Contact Center representatives, our members find they have more CME than they thought.

Is there a due date to earn CME?

Yes. CME must be earned by December 31 of the year your re-election cycle ends.

Does the AAFP require Evidence-Based CME?

Evidence-based CME is not a requirement of membership.