Certification Requirements

General Requirements

  1. Each AAFP Active member, to be eligible for re-election to membership, must complete 150 hours of approved continuing medical education (CME) every three years, of which a minimum of 25 must be obtained from group learning activities, and a MINIMUM OF 75 MUST BE PRESCRIBED CREDIT.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of each individual member to report hours of CME activity appropriately on such forms, or via the AAFP website, as required by the AAFP or the Connecticut Chapter.

Sources for Prescribed Credit

A CME activity may be approved for Prescribed credit hours if the program is intended primarily for physicians and has been planned/developed with input from an AAFP member who is classified as Active, Affiliate or Life Member.

    1. CME activities for which application has been made to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Medical Education and approved for AAFP Prescribed credit hours.
    2. Extended training activity conducted in a teaching hospital which may be individually planned or mini-residency/fellowship programs for which no formal application has been made to the AAFP for CME credit and which are submitted to the AAFP Commission of Continuing Medical Education as an Individual Request for consideration and determination of approval. Limit of 50 hours per year.
    3. Mini-residency/fellowship programs designed for practicing physicians, and approved by the AAFP Commission of Continuing Medical Education. Limit of 50 hours per week with a maximum of 150 per year.
    4. Enduring materials (defined as any educational materials which may be retained by the physician as part of the physician’s personal library) which have been approved by the AAFP Commission of Continuing Medical Education.
    5. Teaching medical students, residents, physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioner students. Maximum of 20 hours per year.
  1. Original scientific or socioeconomic research pertaining to patient care, public or community health, published in a state or nation “referred” journal. Limit of 15 hours per paper, with a maximum of 45 hours per three-year period.

Sources for Elective Credit

  1. Presentation or publication at the National Academy, AAFP constituent chapter, or other medical society level of an original scientific or socioeconomic paper pertaining to medical care. Limit of 10 hours per paper, with a maximum of 30 hours per three-year period.
  2. Preparation and presentation of a scientific medical exhibit at a meeting of the National AAFP or AAFP constituent chapter. Limit of 15 hours per three-year period.
  3. Education activities produced by an organization or institution accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACGME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians which have been designated as Category 1 credit for the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award and which have not been approved for AAFP prescribed credit.