Obtain and Report CME Credit

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How do I obtain credit for AAFP CME activities I have completed?

At the conclusion of a live AAFP CME activity, a link will be provided to assist you in reporting your CME for that activity. 

To obtain credit for a self-study or online AAFP CME activity (including subscriptions), you must complete and submit an online quiz or post-test.

AAFP self-study CME (including American Family Physician, Family Practice Management, FP Essentials™, and FP Audio™) requires the successful completion of an assessment or quiz in order for credit to be earned. CME credit is added to your transcript on the date that the assessment or quiz is completed.

Where can I find the online quiz/post-test for the self-study or online AAFP CME product I purchased?

Links to self-study and online CME activity quizzes or post-tests are located on each product's web page on this website. To quickly find the web page for the product you purchased, enter the product name in the search field at the top of this window, or navigate to the product page by using the links at the left. 

How do I report my CME credits?

The Academy offers five convenient ways to report credit:

  1. Report your CME online.
  2. Fax your completed CME reporting form or certificate of participation to (913) 906-6075.
  3. Phone (800) 274-2237 (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time).
  4. Mail your completed CME reporting form to Contact Center, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211-2672.
  5. Complete the post-test assessment or quiz from AAFP-produced self-study programs, such as American Family Physician, Family Practice Management, FP Essentials, and FP Audio. CME credit is added to your transcript on the date that the assessement or quiz is successfully completed.

(To ensure the accuracy of your CME record, please make sure any handwritten information is neat, legible and filled out completely.)

I tried to enter my live CME activity, and the activity wasn't there. Why not?

  • The CME provider may not have made application for approval to the AAFP.
  • Approval for the CME may be pending review.
  • You may have typed the title differently than it is listed in our system. Use a key word to search and you may receive additional results.
  • You may have entered the provider by a different name than they placed on their application for CME approval. Remove the provider from your search and you may receive additional results.

E-mail us at contactcenter@aafp.org or call (800) 274-2237 for clarification.

I used to be able to fill in the information about my CME without searching your database first. Why do I have to search for it now?

Members asked us to enhance their CME transcript to better meet their needs. Before the enhancement, the information you typed would be sent to our Contact Center, and our staff would have to review the activity before it was entered onto your CME transcript. It often took as much as 72 hours to appear on your transcript and many times the title you provided to us could not be entered.

With the enhancements, the CME is now added to the transcript immediately when you submit it. In addition, it is added to the transcript with the title you provide! To help you get the appropriate credit, we attempt to help you find the activity prior to entering it. We want to help you make your transcript as accurate as it can be.

How do I report my American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Self Assessment Modules (SAMs)?

When you complete the self assessment modules on the ABFM’s web site, the CME will automatically be reported to the Academy.

If you prefer to report it to us yourself, go to Report My CME, then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on "Search Self-Study Activities"
  2. Enter the date you completed the module
  3. Enter ABFM as a key word
  4. Click "Search Self-Study"
  5. You can then select the appropriate module(s)
  6. Click "Report Selected Activities"

My certificate says the activity is approved for AAFP Prescribed credit but I can’t find it. What should I do?

Limit your search criteria to the date of the activity and the state in which the activity was held. If you are still not able to find the activity, send a copy of the certificate to the Contact Center. The Contact Center will update your transcript and when necessary, work with the provider to make sure our course file and your transcript is accurate.

How do I report CME credit for AFP or FPM journals?

AAFP self-study CME (i.e. American Family Physician, Family Practice Management, FP Audio, FP Essentials) require the successful completion of an assessment or quiz in order for the credit to be earned. The CME credit is added to your transcript on the date the assessment/quiz is successfully completed. Login to report credit for:

American Family Physician
Family Practice Management
FP Audio
FP Essentials

Do I need to submit written documentation of the CME I have completed?

We utilize the honor system and no documentation is required. Please retain original certificates of attendance, etc. in your personal files in the event that other organizations require them. If you send them to us, they will not be returned to you. You can report your activity at www.aafp.org/mycme.

I received an error message when trying to report my CME. What should I do?

  • Make sure you have completed all required fields.
  • Make any corrections the error message requests.
  • Call the Contact Center at (800) 274-2237.
  • E-mail us at contactcenter@aafp.org.

How many credits do I report for taking a family medicine board examination?

Effective January 2007, members may report up to 25 Elective credits for sitting for a family medicine board examination.

I accidentally reported an activity twice. What do I do?

There are three ways to remove the duplicated credit:

The activity I just completed was approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) but I can’t find it in your database. How do I report it?

To be listed in our database, the provider of the activity must submit an application for CME credit to the AAFP and it must be approved by AAFP's CME Credit Systems  Compliance Department.

If an activity is approved by the ACCME but is not in our database, you may report it as Elective credit. On “Approval by other organization” select The American Medical Association.

Do CME providers report my credits?

Some providers report your CME credit to us automatically but some do not. It is always a good idea to check your record frequently and report any missing credits.