CME Mandatory for Relicensure

The AAFP requests that each constituent chapter undertake a program which will encourage at least one representative of its chapter be elected or appointed to any board or accreditation committee which mandates continuing medical education as a requisite for medical licensure or relicensure.

Maintenance of Licensure

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) continues to evolve its framework, which has implications for the AAFP in its support of lifelong learning for family physicians. State licensure is currently mandatory, meets minimal standards, and aligns state board missions with public protection and safety.

Maintenance of Licensure Guiding Principles include:

  • Reflective self-assessment - Maintenance of Certification (MOC)/Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) and CME in practice area assist to meet this requirement
  • Assessment of knowledge and skills - Practice-relevant Multiple Choice Question exams, standardized patients, computer-based case simulations, patient/peer surveys, procedural hospital privileging, and observation of procedures are suggested tools to meet this requirement
  • Performance in practice - Performance improvement CME/projects, MOC/OCC, American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists Clinical Assessment Programs, 360 evaluations, patient reviews, analysis of practice data, and CMS measures are additional recommended tools

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