Purpose: The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) seeks to provide family physicians and other health care professionals learning opportunities that improve their competence, support their performance and preparedness for certification/ licensure, and increase the vitality and efficiency of their practice by providing educational programming that is high-quality, evidence-based, up-to-date, and learner-driven to enrich their continued professional education and development to improve patient outcomes.
Content Areas: The AAFP Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program supports the strategic priorities of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP CME Curricular Framework defines the core priorities for which content is created. AAFP education is also based on gaps in professional practice as determined through needs assessments conducted as a fundamental part of CME activity planning. AAFP CME provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on current practice trends, evidence-based medicine and the delivery of high quality, equitable and cost-effective care.
Target Audience: Learning activities are aimed to meet the life-long learning needs of members of the AAFP, the broader physician community, their respective practice/clinical teams, and interested healthcare professionals.
Type of Activities: The AAFP will present scientifically valid and commercially unbiased content based on principles of effective adult learning in the following formats: live activities, enduring materials, journals, performance improvement, and other appropriate formats. This will be accomplished using a variety of media and in practice-based settings where possible. AAFP CME/continuing professional development (CPD) activities will be designed to emphasize desirable physician attributes as identified by the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Expected Outcomes: AAFP continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) activities are designed to facilitate changes in physicians and other healthcare providers knowledge, competence and/or performance. The AAFP evaluates the effectiveness of its CME in terms of change in competence and/or performance. Outcomes are incorporated into the design of future educational programming. The AAFP will evaluate the effectiveness of all individual activities and of its overall CME/CPD program.
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