Member Re-election Cycles

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What is re-election?

  • Active and Supporting (FP) members are required to report 150 credits of CME every three calendar years as a condition of continued membership. This is called a re-election cycle.
    • For those members in their first re-election cycle, the cycle is four years -- the year they became Active and the next three full calendar years.
  • In order to be eligible for re-election, members must earn the required CME credits within the re-election cycle.
  • Once members have met the CME requirement, they are “re-elected” to AAFP membership. If re-election requirements are not met, membership is terminated.

How do I know what my re-election cycle is?

I have more CME credits than I need for this cycle. Can I carry them over to the next cycle?

The credits must be recorded in the year in which they were completed.

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 during a three 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.

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 at 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 credit?

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.