March 31, 2020 10:08 am News Staff -- Patients throughout the United States are depending on family physicians to keep them and their communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. To make sure nothing pulls FPs' attention away from this crucial work, the AAFP is easing CME requirements for membership and extending the deadline for payment of dues.
The AAFP made these changes, which are effective immediately, at the same time the ABFM announced moves that allow family physicians to focus on patient care rather than Family Medicine Certification.
The Academy, which had earlier canceled all live, in-person CME events through May 31, 2020, announced these latest changes on March 30:
Details, including answers to common questions, are available on a dedicated webpage that will be updated with further information.
Also on March 30, the ABFM announced changes to ensure family physicians do not lose ABFM certification if demands of the pandemic prevent them from participating in certification activities or the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment this year. The organization also pledged to work with residents so they don't have to worry that keeping their attention on needs associated with the pandemic will jeopardize future board certification.
Among the ABFM's changes,
More information about the ABFM's changes are available online.
AAFP EVP/CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., explained the Academy's latest response to the pandemic in a March 30 email to members.
"Between focusing on serving your patients and the cancellation of all live, in-person AAFP CME events through May 31, we want to make sure you have one less thing to worry about," Henley wrote. "We hope these changes provide you with the flexibility you need to remain an AAFP member."