What is re-election?
As a condition of continued membership, active members are required to report at least 150 credits of approved CME every three calendar years. This period is called a 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 cancelled. For AAFP members in their first re-election cycle, the cycle is four calendar years: the year in which they become an active member, plus the next three full calendar years. In order to be eligible for re-election, members must earn and report the required CME credits within their re-election cycle. In addition, CME credits must be reported in the year in which they were earned.
What are the CME requirements for re-election to AAFP membership?
Active members must report at least 150 credits of approved CME every three calendar years (i.e., during their re-election cycle). The 150 credits must include at least 75 AAFP Prescribed credits and 25 credits from live activities. Some chapters also require “chapter credits.” Check with your chapter for more information.
An exemption of the 25 credits from live activities is allowed for members who submit evidence that they are providing medical care outside of the United States in a missionary/charitable practice setting for a period of more than 12 months.
Members in other AAFP membership categories are not required to report CME but may do so to maintain a centralized CME record.
- Report your CME online. Fax your completed CME reporting form or certificate of participation to (913) 906-6075.
- Call the AAFP Member Resource Center at (800) 274-2237 (8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CT).
- Mail your completed form to the AAFP Member Resource Center, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211-2672.
- Complete the post-test or quiz from AAFP-produced self-study programs, such as American Family Physician, Family Practice Management, FP Essentials, FP Audio, and CME Bulletin. CME credit is added to your transcript on the date the post-test or quiz is completed.