Change in AMA credit calculation for original presentations

March 27, 2023

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates adopted a new policy to allow physicians to claim an amount of AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit™ that more accurately reflects the learning associated with preparing and presenting an original presentation at a live AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ activity. While the credit reflects the learning involved in the preparation, the amount of credit is based on presentation time. Physician presenters may now claim up to 4 credits of continuing medical education (CME) for each hour of presentation time at eligible activities taking place on or after January 1, 2023. This change is only for faculty at the CME provider’s live activities. Credit calculation for participants and for other types of faculty credit has not changed.

“Learning from Teaching” allows an accredited provider to create individualized learning projects around the learning that takes place in the process of preparing to teach. Please note that, regardless of activity type, all CME activities offered by providers must meet applicable accreditation requirements. The learning from teaching activity format is defined on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) website FAQ (How is a learning from teaching activity defined), along with some examples. ACCME has also provided the worksheet for Simplifying Faculty Development in Accredited CME, which may prove useful. Further information may be found on the AMA website at AMA PRA Credit System requirements.


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