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We’re happy to provide this checklist of CME requirements. Follow the list and you should have NO trouble meeting all your educational obligations.



>>  What are the CME requirements for membership?

>>  What about re-election requirements?

>>  I have over 150 CME credits on record but my re-election status says I need more. Why?

>>  If I don't have the 150 credits, can I receive an extension?

>>  Is there a due date to earn 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.

Requirements for Re-election

Active and Supporting (FP) members are required to report 150 credits of CME every three calendar years as a condition of continued membership. This is called a re-election cycle. For those members in their first re-election cycle, the cycle is four years -- the year they became Active and the next three full calendar years. In order to be eligible for re-election, members must earn the required CME credits within the re-election cycle. Once members have met the CME requirement, they are “re-elected” to AAFP membership. If  re-election requirements are not met, membership is terminated.

Nope, the credits must be recorded in the year in which they were completed.
 

This could be for any of five reasons:

1.       You have not reported the minimum requirement of 75 Prescribed credits.

2.       You have not reported the minimum requirement of 25 credits of Live activities.

3.       It is possible you have exceeded the maximum limits of:

>>  Enrichment (limited to 25 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Publication of an original research paper (limited to 45 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Teaching (limited to 60 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Presentation/publication of a paper (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Preparation/presentation of a scientific medical exhibit (limited to 15 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Peer Review Manuscripts listed in Medline (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle

>>  Participation in clinical research studies (limited to 30 credits during a three re-election cycle)

>>  Writing test questions (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Advanced training (limited to 25 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Taking a board Examination (limited to 25 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

>>  Medical writing (limited to 30 credits during a three-year re-election cycle)

4.       You have not reported the minimum credits required by your chapter (check with your chapter for more information).

5.       The 150 credits are not within your re-election cycle.

The Bylaws do not allow for an extension to earn CME credit.
Yes. CME must be earned by December 31 of the year your re-election cycle ends.

Need Help?

Contact the CAFP Team CME, 415-345-8667, or the AAFP, 1-800-274-2237 for assistance with any/all CME questions.