AAFP to Test New 'Translation to Practice' CME

April 07, 2010 03:15 pm News Staff

The AAFP is piloting a new category of CME Prescribed credit called Translation to Practice. The program allows physicians who take an AAFP Prescribed CME credit activity to earn as many as two additional AAFP Prescribed CME credits for each activity by completing the Translation to Practice activity.

According to AAFP Director Laura Knobel, M.D., of Walpole, Mass., who is the Board liaison to the Academy's Commission on Continuing Professional Development, the new credit category gives physicians an opportunity to demonstrate how they translated knowledge into practice by identifying a change, applying what they learned to incorporate the change and reflecting on the outcome.

"The Translation to Practice credit is a way for (physicians) to go back home and look at their practices to see if they are actually doing what they said they would," said Knobel. The program "takes a piece of the information they get in a lecture, puts it into practice and results in improved patient care."

Physician-learners wanting to earn the Translation to Practice CME credits can elect to participate after completing the course evaluation form for AAFP Prescribed CME credit activities that are included in the pilot. They are then invited to fill out a commitment-to-change statement that summarizes what they learned in the CME activity, identifies the change they plan to integrate into their practice, clarifies their motivation for implementing the change, and states what they think will be improved.

Approximately 90 days later, participating physicians will be asked to fill out an AAFP Translation to Practice reflection summary, in which they will describe

  • the change they made,
  • the effect of the change on their practice,
  • where they obtained information to implement the change,
  • whether they encountered any barriers to change and
  • what they did to overcome those barriers.

Finally, physician-learners will describe how their thoughts and attitudes have changed as a result of the original CME activity and how they applied what they learned in their practices. They also will describe the steps they are taking to ensure changes in their practices are maintained.

After they submit answers to all parts of the Translation to Practice activity, participants will receive as many as two additional hours of AAFP Prescribed CME credit.

The Translation to Practice CME program is being piloted with the online version of AAFP Live!; in selected courses at the AAFP Scientific Assembly Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Denver; and in other AAFP-produced courses. The AAFP will review preliminary results of the pilot, and, if warranted, an extended pilot will commence in January.