Learn about CME requirements for AAFP members.
Learn about the AAFP three-year CME re-election cycle.
AAFP Prescribed credit is designated for activities that are designed primarily for physicians. Content is directly related to patient care, patient care delivery, or certain nonclinical topics. A family physician who is an AAFP active or life member must be directly involved in the planning of the activity to ensure the content is relevant to the specialty of family medicine.
Examples of AAFP Prescribed credit include:
The activity will be recorded as AAFP Elective credit, typically with a generic title beginning with "Formal Activity."
Activities not individually approved by the AAFP as AAFP Prescribed credit that have been designated as American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 CreditTM or have been approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are acceptable as AAFP Elective credit.
These activities are not automatically considered to have AAFP Prescribed credit. However, activities that have AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and AOA-approved activities are automatically accepted as AAFP Elective credit.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as equivalent to AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA PRA. Many of the state licensing boards will accept AAFP Prescribed credit from members to meet CME requirements.
You may contact us anytime at (800) 274-2237, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the status of the CME credit, or you may contact the CME provider.
Live activities take place in real time, involve two or more physicians, and provide the opportunity for real-time interaction between learners and faculty. AAFP members are required to obtain a minimum of 25 AAFP Prescribed credits and/or AAFP Elective credits from live learning activities every three years.
You may report credit for teaching health professions learners. However, a maximum of 60 AAFP Prescribed credits may be reported during a three-year re-election cycle. Teaching is also considered a live activity.
Yes. The following live activities are eligible for AAFP Prescribed credit:
Enduring materials are activities based on independent learning materials designed primarily as self-study activities.
Enrichment credits are for educational activities that are of a professional-enrichment nature, but may or may not be documentable; are not AAFP-approved; or are not produced by an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)-accredited institution or organization. A maximum of 25 enrichment credits may be used toward your CME requirements in each re-election cycle.
Yes. Some examples include:
Credit may be claimed for certification, recertification, and maintenance of certification through the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Members may self-report this credit up to a limit of 25 AAFP Elective credits per three-year cycle.
Evidence-based CME is 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