(Definitions established by the Commission on Continuing Professional Development)
1. The CME activity must be relevant to the scope of family medicine and comply with the Prescribed or Elective credit definitions.
2. The CME activity must:
a. Be based on the educational needs of learners based on their professional practice gaps,
b. Address one or more ACGME/ABMS core competencies,
c. Engage learners in the education as appropriate, and
d. Define and evaluate the learner’s achieved outcome level.
3. All topics must have learning objectives that state what the learner is intended to be able to do upon completion of the education.
4. Clinical topics must be:
a. Evidence-based and/or customary and generally accepted (CGA), OR,
b. If some or all the content is not evidence-based or CGA,
i. It must not appear to the COCPD to be dangerous or ineffective.
ii. In this case, content must:
1. Offer a balanced explanation of potential benefits and risks, AND,
2. Be presented in a manner that is intended to inform the physician rather than train the physician in the practical application of the content.
5. Non-clinical topics must adhere to one or more of the following and eligibility must be evident within the learning objectives:
a. Have a direct bearing on a physician’s ability to deliver patient care.
b. Assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently.
c. Directly support the profession of family medicine.
6. The CME activity must fully comply with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.
Please note topics for the physicians’ personal benefit (personal financial planning, practicing yoga, etc.) are not eligible for AAFP CME credit.
Functional Medicine Topics:
The Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD)
The Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) is charged with exercising its professional judgment in the interpretation and application of the AAFP Credit System eligibility requirements in order to ensure that AAFP credit is awarded to activities that are appropriate for AAFP members. The COCPD has the authority to deny any activity or portion of an activity that does not appear to align with the intentions of the requirements.
Previous CME credit determination decisions do not influence current application reviews. This is in part because rules change and evolve over time, along with the CME environment. Prior CME credit approvals are not a guarantee that future applications or sessions will be approved.
(May 2021 BOD)