FMX Proposals

Proposals are due
November 3, 2016.

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Contact Jeana Higginbottom
FMX Program Specialist
(800) 274-2237, ext. 6564

Financial Support

By submitting an application to present at the AAFP FMX, the applicant is acknowledging that the AAFP accepts commercial support for FMX CME activities and topics for which there is a demonstrated need for family physician education. Inclusion of a financially supported program at FMX does not constitute AAFP endorsement of a product or service. All supporting companies are required to sign an agreement to abide by all ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. Acceptance of commercial support does not constitute the AAFP's endorsement of a product or service. All commercial supporters are required to abide by the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support. While faculty honoraria and expenses associated with accredited CME may be excluded from the Sunshine Act reporting requirements to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), final determination as to the reportability of certain payments to faculty is made by the manufacturers. During the process for accepting commercial support, we are in touch with the funder regarding Sunshine Act reporting requirements. We cannot guarantee that reporting will not happen; however, we believe the risk level to be low for FMX.

PowerPoint Presentation

All AAFP FMX faculty are required to follow the AAFP’s PowerPoint style guide (available April) when creating presentations and to use the AAFP PowerPoint template (available April).

A version of the PowerPoint presentation must be submitted electronically to the AAFP by the stated deadline. All PowerPoint presentations will be made available to learners through the FMX mobile app and on the AAFP website.

Recommended Practice Changes

All AAFP FMX faculty are expected to challenge learners to implement three recommended practice changes. Key takeaways for the session should be summarized on the Practice Recommendations slide of the PowerPoint presentation.

Pre-presentation Checklist

All AAFP FMX faculty will be provided with a pre-presentation checklist to guide them in aligning the content of their CME activity with performance-based topics and the educational plan.

Faculty Expectation

All FMX faculty must submit all required forms and presentation materials by stated deadlines. If faculty do not meet these deadlines and has not corresponded with the staff contact, that individual’s honorarium will be reduced by 20% per missed deadline. Egregious delays in meeting deadlines may result in nonpayment of honorarium or replacement as a faculty member.

Presentation Requirements

Faculty is expected to read and understand all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)( guidelines about privacy. Faculty is encouraged to address cultural differences in patient care, when appropriate. Cultural proficiency is an initiative of the AAFP.

The primary goal of each presentation is to cover the stated learning objectives. Additionally, to ensure that learners are receiving the most pertinent information to their practice, all presentations are required to address payment for the topic, as well as include a patient perspective. Additional information and support will be available from the AAFP upon notification of selection for a topic. 

Faculty Involvement in Commercial Forums

All AAFP FMX faculty must understand and agree to the following:

(i) the AAFP discourages individuals speaking at AAFP CME events from participating in commercial or promotional exhibits, including, without limitation, Satellite Symposia and Product Theater (a “Concurrent Event”) held over the same days as the CME activity whether or not officially sponsored by the AAFP, and (ii) if faculty choose to participate in a Concurrent Event, such participation shall entitle AAFP to terminate the faculty contract without any compensation or liability to the involved faculty pursuant to the terms of the faculty contract.

Use of Trade Names

Any reference within slides or verbally from the podium to a product or drug that implies endorsement by the AAFP is prohibited and may have legal ramifications. The use of trade names is prohibited unless several trade names are listed as treatment options and their generic names are also included.

Disclosure of Unlabeled/Investigational Uses of Products

The AAFP believes that it is important for learners to know when unlabeled or investigational uses of commercial products are discussed during a CME activity. Planned discussion of unapproved or investigational uses of products must be acknowledged in writing to the learners prior to the start of the CME activity.

If an unplanned discussion of unlabeled or investigational use of a product occurs (e.g., during a question-and-answer session), the faculty member should inform learners prior to answering the question or responding to the discussion point that the use in question/under discussion is unlabeled or investigational.

Intellectual Properties

All AAFP FMX faculty are responsible for obtaining copyright approval if they use material(s) from third-party sources. Faculty must have permission from the source for all images, photographs, tables, graphs, illustrations, etc., included in the presentation, and provide the AAFP with documentation of such. An intellectual property form must be submitted to report all items that require permission. Each faculty is responsible for obtaining permissions for his/her presentation and paying fees associated with third-party rights.

Additionally, faculty who use their own photographs (including patients, family, topic related experiences/items, etc.) within the presentation must provide a release form from each patient or model shown.

Innovative Educational Programs

The AAFP is constantly striving to develop new, innovative and effective educational opportunities for our members. To that end, please consider that you may be contacted to serve as faculty for one or more innovative educational programs.