The AAFP Credit System has released a new seal that CME providers can use to show that their education has been vetted and approved by the AAFP and that the CME can be reported for transcripts after the activity is completed.
Clif Knight, M.D., AAFP senior vice president for education, told AAFP News that the seal indicates CME activity has been developed with the AAFP member in mind, and is relevant for family physicians, evidence-based and nonbiased.
"As a member, I always look to make sure that a CME activity has AAFP credit before I start it," Knight said. "I trust CME that has AAFP credit. Now with the new seal, it should be easier than ever to be reassured that a CME activity carries AAFP credit."
Amy Smith, M.B.A., AAFP director of CPD accreditation, told AAFP News the AAFP Credit System designed the new seal to create a mechanism for CME provider organizations to more easily communicate to learners that an activity was approved for AAFP credit; in turn, this allows members to more easily identify activities that have AAFP credit.
AAFP members may see the seal in CME promotional materials, at CME activities and in other related areas, she said.
However, Smith cautioned that use of the seal is at CME provider organizations' discretion.
"So, if members don't see the seal, it doesn't mean it wasn't approved for AAFP credit," she said. "If they don't see the seal, they can look for the AAFP credit statement or ask the CME provider organization if the activity has AAFP credit."
Any CME activity that has this seal was individually reviewed and vetted by the AAFP Credit System and deemed to have met its CME Credit System Eligibility Requirements.
Members also can also self-report CME for learning through daily professional activities such as teaching and scholarly work, Smith added.
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