Am Fam Physician. 2006 Nov 1;74(9):1459.
The AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly in Washington, D.C., drew more than 15,000 people, including nearly 5,000 family physicians. Many of those physicians stopped by the Publications booth to visit with staff members and complete a brief survey about AFP and Family Practice Management. AFP readers who did not complete a survey at Assembly can make their opinion known by completing the survey published in Inside AFP in the October 1, 2006, issue (http://www.aafp.org/afp/20061001/inside.html).
We were pleased to meet so many AFP readers at the Assembly. We received many compliments about the publication, and also some valuable suggestions for improvement. One physician told us that he has kept every issue of AFP dating back 40 years! That must take considerable storage room in his home, but it’s one example of how much readers value this publication.
We also had an interesting visit with a family physician who has dedicated her life to missionary work, most often in Kenya. She had some enlightening stories to tell us about her experiences, and she suggested ideas about how AFP might present information about family physicians who work in Third World countries or other atypical settings. Several readers spent extra time with us to evaluate a potential new AFP feature and the restructuring of an existing one. We value all the input we received and will consider all suggestions as we plan the future direction of AFP.
Clinical Quiz Clarification
Several physicians (members and nonmembers) have told us that the information on the first page of each issue’s Clinical Quiz and on the Quiz answer card is confusing. We have tried to clarify the information in this issue. I hope the new description and the following explanation help clarify the guidelines for submitting the Quiz for continuing medical education (CME) credit.
AAFP has determined that evidence-based CME (EB CME) is worth additional credit. Several of the routine features in AFP are evidence-based and, therefore, are granted the additional credit (see http://www.aafp.org/ebcme for more information on EB CME). Any family physician (member or nonmember) seeking CME credit from the Academy will receive that double credit for the portion of the quiz designated as EB CME. However, the American Medical Association (AMA) does not increase credit for EB CME. If you apply for AMA’s Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit, the number of credits will be based on the total credit before the EB portion is doubled.
The Academy is both an accrediting agency and an accredited organization (i.e., granting AMA/PRA Category 1 credit to any physician, physician’s assistant, and nurse practitioner). Therefore, we are required to provide clarification about both kinds of credit we offer.
As noted on the first page of the Quiz, AAFP members may take the Quiz online. Anyone (members and nonmember health care professionals) can submit the quiz card from each issue of AFP. The Academy’s CME department records credit for anyone who submits the cards or takes the quiz online. This record is provided upon request (contact email@example.com). However, non-members are responsible for reporting their own CME credits when applying for AMA/PRA or other certificates or credentials.
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