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Recognition of CME Credit


June 2011

The American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) and the related credit system is the most widely accepted award for recognizing physician CME achievement. ABPh recognition of CME credit is based on the AMA system.

Category 1 CME Credit


  1. Certified activities sponsored by accredited CME providers.
  2. Activities recognized by the AMA as valid educational activities:

    1. Teaching at a Live CME activity that has been certified by an ACCME-accredited organization and/or for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. (up to 10 CME credit hours per year)
    2. Publishing an article, as the lead author, in a peer-reviewed article in a journal included in the MEDLINE bibliographic database. (up to 10 CME credit hours per year)
    3. Poster presentations, as the first author, at an activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. (up to 5 CME credit hours per year)
    4. Test Item Writing: Up to 10 CME credit hours per year may be claimed for items developed for board examinations with content related to phlebology
    5. Manuscript review, done at the invitation of editors for peer-reviewed Medline-indexed journals, may be claimed for a maximum of 3 CME credit hours/year.
    6. Internet Point of Care Learning (PoC) is a certified CME activity structured by an accredited CME provider in which a physician engages in self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to their clinical practice.. The cycle must include the following: review original clinical questions, identify the relevant sources from among those consulted, and describe the application of their findings to practice. Physicians conducting structured online searches on clinical topics may claim one CME credit for documented completion.
    7. Performance Improvement: (PI) activities describe structured, long-term processes by which a physician or group of physicians can learn about specific performance measures, retrospectively assess their practice, apply these measures prospectively over a useful interval, and re-evaluate their performance. CME credits are allowed for completing each cycle.


Category 2 Credit


Category 2 Credit is self-claimed by physicians for participating in phlebology-related activities not certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ that comply with the AMA definition of CME, and are not industry-based.

Examples include: (maximum of 5 CME/year)

  1. Teaching other health professionals
  2. Reading Medline-indexed journal articles
  3. Preceptorships