COVID-19: Changes to CME Requirements and Member Dues

As you focus on serving your patients, and AAFP has canceled all live, in-person CME events through May 31, we want to make sure you have one less thing to worry about. Thus, we are making the following changes related to CME requirements and dues, effective immediately:

  • AAFP members whose CME re-election cycle ends on Dec. 31, 2020, who have not met the requirement, will have an additional year to fulfill their CME requirement.
  • Members whose CME re-election cycle ended on Dec. 31, 2019 will now have until Dec. 31, 2020 to report their CME, which they earned prior to Dec. 31, 2019, to remain eligible for membership (original deadline was May 5, 2020).
  • Any members who have not yet paid their 2020 dues will now have until July 14, 2020 to do so.

Additional details about the extension for members up for CME re-election in 2019 or 2020 will be available online soon.

We hope these changes provide you with the flexibility you need to remain an AAFP member.

For any questions, please contact the Member Resource Center at (800) 274-2237 or aafp@aafp.org.


Frequently Asked Questions


My CME re-election cycle ended on December 31, 2019 and I haven’t had time to report all my CME. Is my membership at risk of being canceled?

Members whose CME re-election cycle ended on December 31, 2019 will receive an extension for reporting the CME they earned during their re-election cycle. Your new reporting deadline is December 31, 2020.
 

My CME re-election cycle ended on December 31, 2019. When I log in to check my re-election status, the deadline to report still says March 30, 2020. Is this correct?

Members with a CME re-election cycle that ended on December 31, 2019 have until December 31, 2020 to report their CME. We are working as quickly as we can to update the dates online.
 

My CME re-election cycle ends on December 31, 2020 and I haven’t had time to earn and report all my CME. Is my membership at risk of being canceled?

Members whose CME re-election cycle ends on December 31, 2020 will receive a one-year extension of their CME re-election cycle. Your new deadline to earn and report CME is December 31, 2021.
 

My CME re-election cycle ended on December 31, 2020. When I log in to check my re-election status the dates for my cycle, when I can earn and report CME, still show the old dates. Is this correct?

Members with a CME re-election cycle that ended on December 31, 2020 have until December 31, 2021 to earn and report their CME. We are working as quickly as we can to update the dates online.
 

My CME re-election cycle ends on December 31, 2020. If I can earn and report the necessary CME by that deadline will my next CME re-election cycle still be extended by one year?

Yes, your next CME re-election cycle will be extended by one year. If you prefer to not have your re-election cycle extended, please contact our Member Resource Center staff at (800) 274-2237 or aafp@aafp.org and they can adjust your re-election cycle dates.
 

Since so many in-person meetings are being canceled, do I still need to meet the Live CME requirement as part of my CME re-election cycle?

Yes, you are still required to earn and report at least 25 credits of Live CME during your CME re-election cycle. Live activities take place in real time, involve two or more physicians, and provide the opportunity for real-time interaction between learners and faculty.

Examples of activities that qualify for Live credit include:

  • Medical seminars or conferences either attended in-person or via live-stream
  • Lecture series
  • Teaching (i.e., medical students, residents, nurses, PA’s, other healthcare professionals)
  • Life support activities (e.g., ACLS, ATLS, BLS, NALS, PALS)
  • Live Internet activities