AAFP Credit System
Knowledge Self-Asessment FAQ
In the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) quarterly newsletter, The Phoenix(www.theabfm.org), the ABFM details changes to the Family Medicine Certification process (previously known as MC-FP). These changes included dividing ABFM Self-Assessment Modules, most commonly known as the “SAM,” into two separate activities: Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) and Clinical Self-Assessment (CSA).
Frequently Asked Questions
KSA stands for Knowledge Self-Assessment and is comprised of 60 questions designed to assess knowledge in a particular domain.
Facilitated by expert faculty, learners come together to complete the Knowledge Self-Assessment by working through 60 core competency questions by assessing, reviewing, and deciding as a group the best answer. For more information on facilitating KSA Study Groups and becoming an ABFM-approved CME provider, please contact the ABFM directly at (888) 995-5700 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations approved by the ABFM to host KSA Study Groups may apply for live CME credit through the AAFP Credit System by submitting an application online. KSA Study Group activities must be future dated in order to submit an application for live CME credit. Upon approval, the AAFP Credit System awards 8 live AAFP Prescribed credits to KSA Study Group activities. The CME Provider Organization must enter the AAFP application ID number in the ABFM portal on the KSA Study Group session page for the credit to be properly recorded as live. If the AAFP application ID is not listed in the ABFM’s system or an AAFP live CME credit application was not submitted for the activity, then the ABFM will report the credit as 8 enduring AAFP Prescribed credits.
There are three application options available. After you begin a new application online, on Step 1 of 9: Activity Type, select the option next to “Live Activity: Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) Study Group.” After your selection, three additional options will display and you will select the appropriate option based on your activity offering:
- A single KSA activity offered only once, in one location, and not part of a series
- A single live activity in conjunction with a KSA Study Group activity
- One KSA activity delivered at multiple locations or on multiple dates over a year
Additional information and resources are available here. As a reminder, KSA Study Group activities must be future dated in order to submit an application for live CME credit to the AAFP Credit System.
The ABFM will automatically transmit CME credits earned to the AAFP for each participant once all requirements have been satisfied through the ABFM. Remember, the CME Provider organization must enter the AAFP application ID in the ABFM’s system on the KSA Study Group session page for the KSA credit to report as 8 live AAFP Prescribed credits.
When the CME Provider organization created the KSA Study Group activity in the ABFM system the AAFP application ID, city and state of the live KSA was not added to the ABFM’s system. Another reason this could occur is because the activity was registered in the ABFM’s system and an AAFP live CME credit application was not submitted.
For any questions about submitting an application for CME credit, please contact the AAFP Credit System at email@example.com, or by phone at (800) 274-2237. For any questions on administering a KSA Study Group activity or submitting KSA Study Group data, please contact the ABFM directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (888) 995-5700.