Learn about CME requirements for AAFP members.
Learn about the AAFP three-year CME re-election cycle.
Prescribed credit is designated for those activities that are designed primarily for physicians with content directly related to patient care, patient care delivery or certain non-clinical topics. A family physician who is an Active or Life AAFP member must be directly involved in the planning of the activity.
Examples of Prescribed credit include:
The activity will be recorded as Elective credit usually with a generic title, "Formal Activity".
These activities are not automatically considered Prescribed credit. However, AMA PRA Category 1™ and AOA-approved activities are automatically accepted as Elective credit.
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A Live activity is any activity involving two or more physicians occurring in "real time." Typically, these are traditional didactic courses occurring as single, multiple site/date, or series events. Broadcast and online activities, teleconferences, and e-mail “chat groups” can be in this category if they are conducted in “real time” and have an interactive component. When a videotape is the major educational element of a live activity, a physician moderator must be available to provide a planned opportunity for interaction among the physicians in attendance. AAFP members are required to obtain a minimum of 25 Prescribed and/or Elective credits every three years from Live learning activities.
Activities not individually approved by the AAFP as Prescribed credit but which have been designed as category 1 credit for the AMA Physician's Recognition Award or are AOA-approved are automatically acceptable as AAFP Elective credit. Up to 25 credits per re-election cycle may be reported from activities that are not AMA PRA category 1TM or AOA-approved.
You may report a maximum of 60 Prescribed credits during a three-year re-election cycle for teaching medical students, residents, physicians, physician assistant students, physician assistants, nurse practitioner students, nurse practitioners, nursing students, or nurses in formal individual or live educational formats. Teaching is also considered a live activity.
Yes. In fact, the following Live activities are eligible for Prescribed credit: ACLS Provider (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), ACLS Instructor, ACLS Recertification, ATLS Student Course (Advanced Trauma Life Support), ATLS Student Refresher, ATLS Instructor, BLS Instructor (Basic Life Support), BLS Provider, Neonatal Resuscitation, PALS Provider (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), PALS Instructor, BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support), and ADLS (Advanced Disaster Life Support).
Independent learning materials designed primarily for self-study CME activities. Printed materials, programmed texts, audiotapes, videotapes, slides, CD's, online, etc. which are used alone or in combination. They include education disseminated by teleconferences, broadcasts by satellite, online, or software. These independent learning materials must, in themselves, constitute a planned CME activity. Handout materials designed to accompany a live presentation are not considered enduring materials by themselves. Enduring materials are designed primarily as self-study activities that may be used over time with different mediums.
Examples may include:
Enrichment credits are for educational activities that may or may not be documentable, are not AAFP-approved or produced by an ACCME-accredited institution or organization but are of a nature of professional enrichment. A maximum of 25 enrichment credits may be used toward your CME requirements in each re-election cycle.
Examples may include:
Yes. Some examples include:
Effective January 2007, members may report up to 25 Elective credits for sitting for a family medicine board examination.
When a CME activity is accredited for AAFP Prescribed credit, it means that an application and supporting material was reviewed and approved by the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD). An AAFP Active or Life member was involved in the development of the activity and it is directly related to patient care and patient care delivery.
When a CME activity is designated for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit, the CME activity is directly or jointly sponsored by CME providers who are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or an authorized state medical society.
AOA credit has been approved for credit by the American Osteopathic Association and may not have been reviewed for AAFP Prescribed credit.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the AMA as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Many of the state licensing boards will accept AAFP Prescribed credit from members to meet CME requirements.
Clinical content presented with key practice recommendations supported by evidence that has been systematically reviewed by an approved source.
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Types of CME Credit