AAFP Updates CME Faculty Recruitment, Selection Process

Online Tools Aim to Smooth the Way for Prospective Faculty

April 03, 2013 04:40 pm Matt Brown

The AAFP Division of Continuing Medical Education (DCME) aims to provide a professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling experience for everyone involved in the creation of CME, according to DCME Medical Director Ann Karty, M.D. With that in mind, the Academy is moving to optimize its CME faculty selection process, in part by offering easier access to online tools for faculty.

[Doctors filing out paper forms for Continuing Medical Ed.]

During the past few months, Karty explained, the Academy has made renovations to the CME faculty section of the AAFP website; updated resources; and disseminated e-mail blasts, mailers and satisfaction surveys -- all designed to enrich the overall faculty portfolio.

"AAFP CME faculty members share their passion to teach and learn with their family medicine colleagues," Karty said. "The recent updates to the recruiting and selection process components are designed to streamline the overall faculty selection process."

The Academy's online CME Faculty Resource Center now offers several different content development tools, including a webcast hosted by Karty on designing an effective case presentation. The site also includes links to guidelines for writing tests(2 page PDF) and learning objectives(2 page PDF), as well as a resource(2 page PDF) on incorporating performance measures into CME activities. Finally, links to a number of AAFP-recommended, evidence-based CME resources -- both free and subscription-based -- round out the complement of tools.

In addition to these resources, the Academy also provides a link(www.nfeinitiative.org) to online training that outlines the differences between certified CME and promotional activities through the National Faculty Education Initiative. AAFP CME faculty are required to complete this training.

The Academy offers opportunities for authors, editors and content development faculty to serve as live, audio, video or enduring presentation faculty members.

To apply to become an AAFP CME faculty member, applicants should fill out the online faculty interest form.