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Direct Credit

AMA direct credit for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Some activities do not occur under the auspices of an accredited CME provider. The Council on Medical Education recognizes the learning that occurs in completing these activities and allows physicians to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ directly from the AMA for the activities defined in this section.

To claim credit for these activities the physician should apply to the AMA for a certificate indicating the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ awarded for completion of each activity. One certificate will be provided for each type of activity claimed. Credit can only be awarded for activities taking place or completed within the last six years. Applicants should keep a copy of the application and supporting documentation submitted.

These activities include:

Teaching at a live activity

Preparing and presenting an original presentation at a live activity that has been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (if the accredited CME provider has not already awarded credit for this).

Documentation required: a copy of the page(s) used by the provider to announce or describe the activity which includes the name of the speaker, accredited CME provider, AMA Credit Designation Statement, date and location of the activity.

Credit assignment: two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per one (1) hour of presentation time.

Publishing articles

Publishing, as the lead author (first listed), a peer-reviewed article in a journal included in the MEDLINE bibliographic database.

Documentation required: a reprint or copy of the page(s) of the journal, which include the name of the author listed first, the name of the journal and date published.

Credit assignment: ten (10) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per article.

Poster presentations

Preparing a poster presentation, as the first author, which is included in the published abstracts, at an activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Documentation required: a copy of the page(s) in the published activity documents that lists the author and poster abstract, accredited CME provider, AMA Credit Designation Statement, title and date of activity.

Credit assignment: five (5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per poster.

Medically related advanced degrees

Obtaining a medically related advanced degree, such as a masters in public health (not available if the academic program certified individual courses for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™).

Documentation required: a copy of the diploma or final transcript.

Credit assignment: twenty five (25) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

ABMS member board certification and Maintenance of Certification (MoC©)

Successfully completing an ABMS board certification or MoC process.

Documentation required: a copy of the board certificate or the specialty board notification letter.

Credit assignment: for certifications completed prior to Sept. 1, 2010 twenty-five (25) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be awarded: for certification completed on or after Sept. 1, 2010 sixty (60) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be awarded.

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited education

Successfully participating in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency or fellowship program.

Documentation required: a copy of the certificate or letter of completion from the approved residency/fellowship program

Direct credit application

Resident application for the AMA PRA and direct credit

Participants in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency or fellowship program may apply for the AMA PRA and direct credit certificate. Residents and fellows can obtain a one-, two- or three-year PRA commensurate with the number of years completed in the residency or fellowship program. In addition, residents and fellow may also apply for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each year of participation in a residency or fellowship program completed within the last three years.

Residency application for the AMA PRA and direct credit

For additional information, please call (312) 464-4669.