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AMA PRA now recognizes teaching students and residents as AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ activity
The learning associated with preparing for and teaching medical students and residents has now been approved by the AMA as a live activity that may be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
"Clinical and part-time faculty members provide a significant contribution by teaching, supervising, assessing, and monitoring the progress of medical students and residents/fellows," said Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, group vice president of medical education at the AMA. "By making this activity eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, the Council has recognized the learning on the part of the faculty and the importance of their work in ensuring the continued quality of the nation's physician workforce."
While teaching medical students and residents has long been recognized as an activity appropriate for claiming AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™, the learning associated with preparing and teaching at a live certified CME activity is recognized as an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ activity. This was by design, since AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is designated by accredited CME providers, while AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ is self-claimed by physicians. Both credit categories are endorsed by the AMA as legitimate and important components of a physician's professional development.
The genesis of this newly announced change dates back to 2010, when the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) approached the AMA about the possibility of structuring an activity in which teaching medical students and residents could be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. In 2011, a proposal was submitted to the AMA Council on Medical Education.
Subsequently, an AAMC-led pilot project (with the leadership of Dave Davis, MD, Barbara Barnes, MD and Carol Goddard, among others) was developed to describe and document the formal learning activity that occurs as a result of interacting with, teaching, and assessing the competence of medical students and residents.
The Council reviewed the data generated by the pilot, and at its March 2013 meeting approved the activity as eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
To be certified as such, this live activity must be certified by an institution that, in addition to being an accredited CME provider (or working in joint sponsorship with an accredited CME provider), is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (to certify teaching medical students), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (to certify teaching residents/fellows), or both.
Physician faculty may be awarded credit based on a 2-to-1 ratio to teaching time. For example, faculty may be awarded 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for one hour spent teaching or 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for 45 minutes spent teaching. Credits should be rounded to the nearest one-quarter credit.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ should only be awarded for teaching that is verified by the UME and/or GME office. (Faculty may not receive credit more than once for the same time period, even if the audience involves residents and students from more than one program, being verified by two or more different LCME/ACGME programs.)
Physicians may claim credit for a variety of interactions. Types of teaching activities include, but are not limited to: formal presentations to medical students, residents; development of cases, clinical problems; supervising clinical or simulated activities; instruction on clinical or other skills; assessing learner performance (clinical or simulation settings); mentoring QI or PI projects; and mentoring of scholarly activities.
As with any activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, this type of live activity must also meet all of the AMA core requirements (in addition to the format specific requirements listed above).
The AAMC has additional information, including a sample documentation form used during the pilot.
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