CME- Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline for earning and reporting the required 150 CME credits?

Yes. The required 150 credits of approved CME must be earned by December 31 of the year in which your re-election cycle ends (e.g., by Dec. 31, 2021, for a re-election cycle that ends in 2021). In addition, your CME credits must be reported in the year in which they were earned.


Are there maximum credit allowances for certain CME activities during the three-year re-election cycle?


  • Professional enrichment: limited to 25 AAFP Elective credits
  • Teaching health professions: limited to 60 AAFP Prescribed credits
  • Advanced training: limited to 25 AAFP Prescribed credits
  • ABFM or AOA One-Day certification: limited to 30 AAFP Prescribed credits
  • Scholarly activities: limited to 100 AAFP Prescribed credits


What are professional enrichment activities?

Credit may be claimed, commensurate with participation, for partaking in other medical educational experiences and activities, such as independent exam preparation and informal self-learning activities. These activities may or may not be documented, and are not certified by the AAFP, AMA, AOA, but are of a nature of professional enrichment to the family physician.

Examples include:

  • Live credits: medical staff meetings, journal club, clinical professional club
  • Individual credits: journal readings and other informal self-study activities, independent examination preparation


How can I report credit for presentation/publication of a paper?

These activities can be reported as scholarly activities.


I have reported my CME to the ABFM, do I still need to report CME to AAFP?

Yes, the systems do not communicate with one another.


Where can I find FREE CME?

AAFP has a library of free CME you are welcome to utilize as a member. Click Here: Free CME Activities | AAFP


 Click here for the AAFP CME Requirements and Reporting information.