AAFP Mobile App Adds CME Reporting, Clinical Recommendations Functions

April 16, 2015 03:39 pm Chris Crawford

The AAFP's mobile app has added more options to make family physicians' lives easier while they're on the go with new functions to report CME and to reference the Academy's clinical recommendations.

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CME Reporting

Kathy Blair, AAFP member support and operations strategist, told AAFP News that the CME Reporting function of the app allows members to use their mobile devices to check their re-election status, report CME they have earned and review/print their transcript at any time from any location. The app also gives family physicians the ability to email their transcript to a third party, if needed.

"In addition to keeping their CME transcript current, members will be able to earn CME by completing AAFP CME such as the American Family Physician and Family Practice Management quizzes, as well as assessments for other AAFP CME that they have purchased," Blair said.

Currently, the most popular feature in the AAFP app is the Board Review Practice Questions function, which includes more than 1,000 Board Review prep questions that members can access to test their medical knowledge and get CME credit at no charge.

Story highlights
  • The AAFP's mobile app has added new functions for reporting CME and referencing the Academy's clinical recommendations.
  • The CME Reporting function allows members to check their re-election status, report CME they have earned and review/print their transcript.
  • The new Clinical Recommendations function will allow family physicians to make evidence-based decisions about the treatment and prevention of disease using AAFP clinical recommendations and is sortable by topic or title.

Clinical Recommendations

The new Clinical Recommendations function will allow family physicians to use their smartphones to make evidence-based decisions about the treatment and prevention of disease using AAFP clinical recommendations and is sortable by topic or title.

Jennifer Frost, M.D., medical director for the AAFP Health of the Public and Science Division, told AAFP News that the clinical practice guidelines offered in the app were developed by the AAFP or were other groups' guidelines that the Academy has endorsed.

"This will be particularly useful at the point of care if (family physicians) need to confirm a recommended treatment or (determine at) what age a screening test should be done," she said.

The app lets family physicians choose between reviewing a brief summary of the key recommendations on a topic or linking to the full guideline. The app also includes all of the AAFP's preventive services recommendations and its 15 Choosing Wisely recommendations.

"And although we agree with most of the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, occasionally, we disagree with their interpretation of the evidence and make a different recommendation," Frost said. "This app provides a simple way for our members to check what our evidence experts recommend."

Options for Students and Residents

As a reminder, the AAFP mobile app also features resources for students and residents.

Students can:

  • search through residency, fellowship and clerkship directories;
  • mark programs as favorites to explore later; and
  • browse general residency information in the Strolling Through the Match publication.

Residents can:

  • get the latest news and blog posts on issues related to family medicine,
  • post their resumés and connect to potential employers through AAFP CareerLink, and
  • access all the functions available to every member, including what is listed above.

Download the AAFP app for your iPhone or iPad from the iTunes Store.(itunes.apple.com) To add the app to your Android device, download it from Google Play.(play.google.com)

Related AAFP News Coverage
New Mobile App Puts the AAFP at Your Fingertips
Access Academy Resources, Tools on the Go

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