Active and Supporting (FP) members must submit at least 150 credits every three years. Referred to as a re-election cycle, these 150 credits must include at least 75 Prescribed credits and 25 from live learning activities.
All other membership categories are not required to report CME but are encouraged to do so to maintain a centralized location for their CME record.
Types of CME Credit
Prescribed credits are designated for activities that are designed primarily for physicians. Content is directly related to patient care, patient care delivery or certain non-clinical topics. A family physician who is a MAFP/AAFP active or life member must be directly involved in the planning of the activity to ensure the content is relevant to the specialty of Family Medicine.
Examples of Prescribed Credit:
- CME activities for which application has been made to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) that have been approved for AAFP Prescribed credit
- Instruction of health professions learners in formal individual (preceptorships) or live educational formats
- Most life support courses (ALSO, ACLS, ATLS, BLS, NALS, PALS)
- Publication of original scientific or socioeconomic research pertaining to patient care, or public or community health
- American Family Physician and Family Practice Management journal quizzes
- Most activities produced by the AAFP
- Participation in clinical research studies
- Peer review of manuscripts for journals listed in Medline
- Question writing for tests and/or examination
- Some point-of-care learning
- Activities designated as Mainpro-M1 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)