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About CME

CAFP’s continuing medical education/continuing professional development mission is to enhance and improve the quality of patient care by maintaining, developing, and increasing the competence, knowledge, skills and professional performance of family physicians, their practice teams and other primary care physicians — within California and nationally. International audiences will also have access to internet-based activities.


CME Requirements for Membership

Active and Supporting (FP) members must submit at least 150 credits every three calendar years. This is called a re-election cycle. The 150 credits must include at least 75 Prescribed credits and 25 from live learning activities. Some chapters also require “chapter credits.” Check with your chapter for more information. An exemption of the 25 credits of live activity is allowed for members who submit evidence that they What are the CME requirements for membership? are providing medical care in a missionary/charitable practice setting in an overseas practice for more than a 12-month period. Members in other membership categories are not required to report CME but may do so to maintain a centralized location for their CME Record.


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California Laws Regarding CME

Every MD and DO in California is required to have CME in order to maintain licensure.  Each branch of medicine has its respective California licensing board.  The Medical Board of California licenses medical doctors (MDs), investigates complaints, disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate.  Both the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board (DOs) are within the California Department of Consumer Affairs.  MDs are required to complete 100 credits every 4 years; DOs must complete 150 credit hours within a three-year period.     


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Questions Regarding CME?

Check out the CME FAQ website on AAFP's website. This webpage explains an overview of Prescribed credits, examples of live activities, enduring materials and more!


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