Educational Formats


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Please contact:
Jeana Higginbottom
CME Program Specialist
800-274-2237 x6564

Interactive Lecture (60 minutes, including 15 minutes for Q&A)

The 60-minute interactive lecture faculty will provide learners with an engaging educational experience, aimed at providing new knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied to practice. Faculty will create polling questions, presented throughout the lecture, to foster learner engagement. Additionally, learners will be able to submit questions in real time through their mobile device, which must be addressed by faculty during the final 15 minutes dedicated to Q&A.

Ask the Expert (60 minutes)

After their presentations, Ask the Expert faculty members lead customized, in-depth interactive sessions in a 60-minute Q&A. These sessions offer an opportunity for faculty to specifically discuss tools with learners. The front of the room will allow for a small-table discussion, but will still allow for a large number of people and overflow capacity.

Problem-Based Learning (60 minutes)/Workshop (length varies)

Problem-based Learning (PBL)/workshop faculty will facilitate small group learning by encouraging learners to share their understanding of the knowledge content and contribute their experiences with provided simulated case-style scenarios. Faculty will correct misunderstandings and clarify guidelines by providing feedback to learners as they practice applying key concepts from related interactive lectures. For sessions that are more workshop oriented, the focus is more about skill building.
Each PBL/workshop session will be presented twice. The contact for developing educational content and strategies for teaching PBL sessions is Learning Strategist, Wes James, M.Ed.

Clinical Procedures Workshops (CPW) (2 to 4 hours in length)

Attendees observe expert faculty demonstrating procedures followed by hands-on practice of procedural techniques in the CPWs. Additional fees apply. These sessions are designed to enhance skills-based competencies. These workshops typically run between two and four hours in length.

On Demand Recorded Interactive Lecture (60 minutes, including 15 minutes for Q&A)

On Demand faculty will be audio recorded (including slide capture) during one of their Interactive lecture presentations. These recorded lectures will be re-purposed into an enduring product.

Participation is voluntary and in agreeing to take part, recorded faculty members will be asked to:

  • Commit to deadlines that may differ from other presentations recorded faculty present at FMX.
  • Work collaboratively with AAFP staff including: a CME Project Strategist, a Learning Strategist, a Faculty Development Strategist, and an Editor.
  • Receive feedback from a physician peer reviewer and revise presentation, if necessary.

In agreeing to these requests, the AAFP will pay an additional $100 honorarium for an On Demand faculty member's recorded presentation.

Participation in this project is not mandatory. Faculty members are able to decline this invitation and still present at FMX.


Track presenters collaborate with other (usually two) faculty members forming "Tracks," created to develop content focused on learning through lecture and case studies. A Track is a dedicated amount of time where learners are devoted to a specific topic. They typically consist of three-hour sessions scheduled back-to-back allowing the topic content to build throughout the sessions. However, this year, there will be more flexibility with regard to scheduling of the sessions that make up the Track – i.e. sessions might not be scheduled back-to-back. Track teams will collaborate on developing content and strategies with Learning Strategist, Wes James, M.Ed. 

For developing and presenting this specialized content, faculty members will be paid an additional $200.

Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom adds an e-learning opportunity prior to the physical FMX meeting. Each flipped classroom consists on an online case-vignette, paired with the associated clinical procedure workshop (CPW) topic. The associated CPW session(s) delivered onsite should be more advanced than the standard CPW session(s) of the same topic.

Practice Change Series (PCSs)

Practice Change Series are a multifaceted educational format, specifically designed to help physicians implement practice changes. PCS’s consist of multiple educational interventions, including interactive lecture, problem-based learning (PBL), and facilitated Translation to Practice®.

The PCS interactive lecture is structured as described above. The PCS PBL is two hours, compared to the traditional one hour format, as described above.

During the PCS PBL, attendees engage as a cohort to try out new knowledge with feedback from peers and expert faculty; identify a practice change; discuss implementation strategies; and begin the facilitated t2p® process. All learners will complete the first step of t2p®, and be introduced to the virtual facilitation environment, during the PBL at FMX. The facilitated t2p® component takes place in an online virtual facilitation environment, during the 120 day t2p® completion cycle.

The cohort of learners from the PBL at FMX will be enrolled in a virtual online community, in essence, creating a medical crowdsourcing environment. The goal of the virtual online community is to help learners implement the changes identified during the PBL session. Faculty will facilitate discussion around strategies aimed at overcoming barriers to change implementation. With peer and expert faculty support, learners will be encouraged to implement practice changes, and to complete t2p within the 120 day window.