At Your Request

AAFP.org's CME Search Feature Now More Robust, Intuitive

May 16, 2014 02:09 pm Chris Crawford

You spoke. We listened.

To better answer your CME needs, AAFP.org just upped its game. Now, Academy members can quickly and easily find every AAFP-certified CME activity that providers want displayed thanks to an enhanced search function. Users can visit the main CME page and follow the "Search All Certified CME" link on the right-hand side of the page to start their search.

Sarah Young, online project and usability advocate in the AAFP's Content and Digital Optimization (CDO) Division, told AAFP News that member input drove the decision to update the search function.

"The CME Division and CDO saw an opportunity to improve the user experience," Young said. "We had received feedback that it was difficult to find certified CME activities using the old search, mainly because there was not a way to search by keyword or by topic. This function has been added now."

The revised search feature is expected to provide members and other visitors a more user-friendly, intuitive search experience. Users can now search CME offerings by keyword, topic, location, format, course date, provider type and number of credits.

"The revamped search functionality will help our members find CME that meets their needs, whether that's a certain location, a certain topic, or a preferred way of learning (live courses, online activities, audio, webcasts)," said Young.

Another benefit of the new search function is that CME produced by the AAFP and AAFP chapters is highlighted so it can easily be identified in searches. Research has shown that a majority of members prefer AAFP-produced CME.

Young added that feedback on the new search function -- and on other areas of the site -- is always welcome so the Academy can continue to create products to best serve its members. "We're always happy to receive our members' feedback on the website," she said. "Members can reach us through the 'Contact Us' page on the website."


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