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Integrating an Effective CME Presence into the Academic Medical Center

Academic CME Survey

The 2014 update of the Continuing Education and Improvement Section of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the AAMC Medical Education Cluster.

Frequently Asked Questions


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is now available for the learning that is associated with the teaching and preparation for teaching in UME and GME. This new category: a) recognizes that physician-faculty learning occurs in preparation for or as the result of teaching across the medical education continuum; b) demonstrates that this process can be delineated and documented by CME providers to meet the requirements of an AMA PRA formal learning activity; and c) permits programs in undergraduate and graduate medical education to apply for such credit for faculty teaching.


The purpose of this AAMC-led initiative is to formally recognize and document the learning activity that occurs as a result of interacting with, teaching, and assessing the competence of students and residents. The AMA Council for Medical Education has approved the awarding of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for such activities.

How were pilot sites selected?

Each application identified one senior program or academic leader at the site (academic medical center, teaching hospital, or medical school), plus an accredited CME program director, associate dean, or equivalent, and the name of the institution and program(s) interested in the pilot.

Sites were selected by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives of AAMC constituencies and the AMA. Sites were chosen based on an expressed institutional commitment to:

  • Recruiting a minimum of 5 to 15 community-based preceptors of students and residents willing to participate in the pilot

  • Assigning a staff member to manage the process of learning documentation and approval by the accredited CME office (considered to be requiring minimum time and effort)

  • Forwarding site-based data to the AMA and AAMC

  • Aligning the site's programmatic missions in UME and/or GME with those of the pilot project

What did sites do in order to participate in the pilot?

Sites were asked to complete a form indicating a faculty member’s name, documentation of his/her teaching commitment in UME or GME, and an indication of the learning that occurred in conjunction with or as the result of this teaching requirement. The number of hours claimed were vetted by the site’s accredited CME provider. This process ensured that the CPD associated with teaching of students and residents satisfies ACCME requirements.

What was the maximum number of credits allowed in the pilot phase?

The AMA approved 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as the maximum number of credits that could be claimed for this learning activity during the pilot phase. Faculty attending other certified CME activities focused on improving teaching, supervisory, or assessment skills also claimed AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for those activities.

What kinds of activities can faculty identify for credit?

Many activities relate to learning from the teaching or faculty role. These include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing for a student/resident encounter or teaching session

  • Literature searching; updating bibliographies; synthesizing literature

  • Researching case materials related to presentations

  • Case discussion prompting questions and information seeking

  • Researching clinical questions online or in journals and other text sources

  • Reflection on teaching encounters and undertaking improvements; developing learning/teaching plans

  • Developing educational materials related to case or clinical problems

Who are the intended CME, UME, and GME programs?

This initiative was conceived with the intention that the academic CME unit (housed in the medical school or teaching hospital) work with an LCME-accredited UME program and/or an ACGME-accredited program to ensure compliance with the broad principles and goals of the initiative. In instances in which these entities do not exist under one institutional 'roof', other accredited CME providers—especially those representing clinical or academic enterprises with which the UME or GME program has a long-standing, functional relationship—may serve in this capacity.

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Lisa Howley, PhD, MEd
Senior Director
Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships in Medical Education