American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Mission Statement

Purpose: The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) seeks to provide family physicians and other health care professionals high-quality 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 Curricular Framework defines the core priorities for which content is created. AAFP education is 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, self-study/enduring materials, journals, manuscript review for journals, point of care learning, online, performance improvement in practice, and other appropriate formats. This will be accomplished using a variety of media and in practice-based settings where possible. AAFP CME/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. The AAFP will evaluate the effectiveness of all individual activities and of its overall CME/CPD program.

Expected Outcomes: AAFP activities provide physicians and other healthcare providers the knowledge, competence and/or performance skills needed to support improve patient outcomes through integration of evidence-based CME/CPD content and models that support quality improvement in practice. The AAFP evaluates the effectiveness of AAFP activities through a combination of member feedback, practice evaluation and patient-level outcomes. Outcomes are incorporated into the design of future educational programming and evaluated to measure the effectiveness of the instructional models included.

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