• FP Essentials Editorial Mission and Policies

    FP Essentials is an editorially independent, peer-reviewed publication of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). It, and its derivative product FP Comprehensive, is produced to assist family physicians and other learners in meeting their continuing medical education (CME), practice, and board certification goals.

    Editorial Mission

    The mission of FP Essentials is to provide practicing family physicians, family medicine residents, and other clinicians and trainees with high-quality, cost-effective educational content that emphasizes new advances in clinical practice.


    1. To provide learners with information on advances in clinical practice to aid them in providing up-to-date care for their patients.
    2. To assist learners in preparing for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification and recertification examinations. Each monthly edition of FP Essentials is part of a 9-year curriculum that presents topics with areas of emphasis similar to those on the ABFM examinations.
    3. To provide learners with content that meets their CME needs and requirements.
    4. To present the content of FP Essentials in both print and online formats, thus enabling learners to have access to information anywhere, anytime.

    Editorial Practices and Policies

    Editorial Team
    The FP Essentials editorial team is led by a medical editor, a family physician who is independently contracted by the AAFP, and a managing editor, a publishing professional who is employed by the AAFP. The medical editor’s primary responsibilities are to (1) assemble the team of associate medical editors and editorial board members, (2) guide the team in selecting topics and content for the curriculum, (3) oversee development of editorial content, and (4) participate in editing and other aspects of preparation. The managing editor’s primary responsibility is to ensure the quality of content and integrity of editorial processes.

    The editorial board is an independent advisory board made up of family physicians with academic and clinical practice affiliations. Board members, working with the medical editors, assist in determining the desired content, serve as peer reviewers of manuscripts, and occasionally serve as authors.

    Peer Review
    All manuscripts considered for publication undergo peer review by several individuals, including members of the editorial board, along with family physicians and subspecialists in disciplines pertinent to the manuscript content. The reviews focus on accuracy and currency of content, along with an assessment of relevance and practicality of information for learners.

    FP Essentials and the AAFP
    The material presented here is being made available by the AAFP for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

    The AAFP disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting to any individual using this material and for all claims that might arise out of the use or application of any methods, regimens, products, instructions, information, or ideas contained therein, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician or any other person. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data presented here. Physicians may care to check specific details, such as drug doses and contraindications, etc, in standard sources prior to clinical application. This material might contain recommendations/guidelines developed by other organizations. Please note that although these guidelines might be included, this does not necessarily imply endorsement by the AAFP.

    The medical editor, managing editor, and editorial team operate with editorial independence and are fully responsible for FP Essentials content. The AAFP as the sponsoring organization has no authority over FP Essentials content.

    Every individual listed as an author must have played a meaningful role in the development of an edition and completed a Copyright Acknowledgment and Assignment form that requires attestation that he or she is the sole author of the work.

    Disclosure of Conflicts
    FP Essentials is committed to publishing high-quality editorial content that is free of bias resulting from organizational influence and personal self-interest. Thus, all authors, editors, reviewers, editorial board members, and staff members are required to disclose relevant financial affiliations and potential conflicts before their role in developing or authoring editorial content is confirmed. Disclosure documents are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest. If a conflict of interest is identified, it is resolved. Only those authors and editors who have no conflicts of interest or whose conflicts have been successfully resolved are involved with FP Essentials. A disclosure statement is published in each edition, and learners are informed of any relevant financial relationships. FP Essentials does not accept content that is commercially supported, either directly or indirectly, by pharmaceutical companies, public relations firms, or other commercial entities.

    FP Essentials is indexed in MEDLINE and PubMed.

    Content published in FP Essentials (ISSN 2159-3000 print; ISSN 2161-9344 online) is covered by copyright. All rights are reserved under United States and international copyright and other laws and conventions. No copyright is claimed to any work of the US government. Permission is required to reprint or adapt previously published material.

    FP Essentials does not accept or display advertising.

    Continuing Medical Education

    Prescribed continuing education credits from the AAFP are available to learners who read an edition of FP Essentials and complete an online self-assessment evaluation.

    Information for Learners
    Each monthly edition of FP Essentials has a pretest and a posttest. The pretest, which is optional, consists of questions that correspond to the text. It is designed to help learners estimate their knowledge about the topic before studying the text. The learner’s answers may be checked with the correct answers, which appear immediately after the questions in the booklet.

    The posttest allows learners to assess their knowledge of the content after studying the text. It consists of questions that correspond to the text. Because this is a self-assessment activity, the answers to all questions appear immediately after the questions for review.

    How to Obtain CME Credit
    To obtain CME credit, read this edition of FP Essentials and answer all posttest questions by completing the online quiz. Quizzes must be completed within 2 years of the month of publication.

    A minimum competency level (ie, score) of 80% must be met, as directed by the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development. The online quiz tool will provide immediate feedback and an opportunity to answer the question again if needed.

    Posttest quizzes can only be completed online.

    AAFP members are eligible to receive AAFP Prescribed credits and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. On completion of the online quiz, the credits will be added to the member’s CME record.

    Nonmember physicians are eligible to receive the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ on completion of the online quiz. Nonmember physicians are responsible for reporting their own when applying for the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or other certificates or credentials. Health care professionals who are not physicians are eligible to receive CME credits on completion of the online quiz. These individuals are responsible for reporting the CME credits to their professional organization.

    AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, and the American Association of Medical Assistants.

    AAFP maintains a complete record of every subscriber’s participation in the program. All subscribers receive an annual certificate that shows credits earned from the FP Essentials program.

    How to Comment on Content
    The AAFP is proud to bring you this CME activity and is pleased you have included it in your CME activities. Comments or suggestions are welcome; these can be written in the evaluation form provided after the online quiz is complete. Comments may also be made by calling the AAFP at (800) 274-2237, sending an email to aafp@aafp.org.

    How to Write or Review Content
    Manuscripts are solicited from family physicians and subspecialists. For information about writing or peer reviewing, contact Medical Editor Barry D. Weiss, MD, FAAFP, at bdweiss@u.arizona.edu.