Prescribed CME Credit Requirements
To be eligible for prescribed credit, the content of a CME activity must:
- Be designed primarily for physicians
- Include an AAFP Active, Supporting FP, or Life member directly involved in the planning of the activity to ensure the relevance of the content to the specialty of family medicine
- Comply fully with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support and the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) Gifts to Physicians from Industry Opinion E-8.061
- Demonstrate that greater than 50% of the total activity meets the AAFP CME eligibility criteria for AAFP credit
In addition, the content of a CME activity must satisfy at least one or more following criteria:
- Content must have a direct bearing on patient care.The clinical content of CME must be based on one of the following:
- Current, best research evidence integrated with clinical expertise and patient values (Evidence-based, EB)
- Customary and generally accepted (CGA) medical practice
- Neither EB nor CGA, but not deemed dangerous or ineffective. For a CME activity to be eligible for Prescribed credit under this criterion the following additional guidelines must be followed:
- The content must be presented in a manner that is primarily intended to inform physicians about the treatment options so that they may engage in a meaningful discussion with patients.
- The content must not be delivered in a manner that is intended to instruct the physician on the practical application of the content.
- The presentation must offer a balanced explanation of potential benefits and risks.
- Have a direct bearing on family physicians' ability to deliver patient care. These topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Healthcare system/practice management
- Laboratory regulations
- Utilization review techniques/quality assurance
- Relate to selected non-clinical topics that support the physician's professional role in patient care, including, but not limited to the following:
- Medical ethics
- Patient-centered advocacy
- Physician-patient relations
- Professional and/or academic leadership
- Teaching and faculty development
The AAFP reserves the right to deny credit to CME activities in which the educational objectives contradict AAFP policy.
View a list of Activites Not Eligible for CME Credit.