January 1, 2020–December 31, 2022

January 1, 2020–December 31, 2022
Learning from Teaching CME Credit

How to Calculate Credit

There are two parts to calculating the appropriate number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ that physicians may claim for this activity. The first is that there must be learning involved in the preparation for teaching. However, the time spent preparing is not included when calculating the number of credits. The credit is calculated based on a 2:1 ratio of the time the physician spends teaching in the second phase, using what was learned in the preparation phase. Below are some examples:

  • CME eligible activity example:
    A physician has a one hour session with a resident to teach how to appropriately perform a physical exam, and will give feedback to the resident after observing the resident in action. The faculty member has taught how to perform the physical exam many times, and doesn't need to do any additional preparation for that part of the session, but seeks out information about effective methods for giving feedback. The physician then spends 15 minutes of the one hour session giving feedback to the resident. The physician may claim 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ because he/she spent .25 hours providing feedback to the resident using the tools and techniques learned in preparation for the activity.
  • Non-eligible activity example:
    A physician teaches students how to perform a procedure, and has done so many times in the past. The faculty member does not need to do any additional preparation this time around, and is able to handle all of the student questions based on accumulated experience over the years. As there was no additional learning involved on the part of the faculty member, it would not be appropriate to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ in this instance.

Source: American Medical Association, FAQs for the learning associated with teaching medical students and residents (https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/public/cme/faq-teaching-medical-students-residents_0.pdf)