AAPA to Enhance Continuing Medical Education Criteria

AAPA News Release (08/30/18)

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) has released updates to its continuing medical education (CME) criteria, aligning its requirements with those of the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education. "Our new CME criteria will foster opportunities for creating innovative learning experiences that are necessary in today's ever changing healthcare environment," noted Jonathan E. Sobel, DMSc, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA, FAPACVS, president and chair of the AAPA Board of Directors. "We know that this will afford PAs more flexibility so they can focus on their first priority — delivering high-quality patient care." According to the AAPA, the modifications include "eliminating mandatory formal learning objectives and permitting specific goals for a CME activity must be communicated to learners to satisfy CME requirements." Additionally, the group notes that "for enduring materials, as an alternative to graded post-tests taken after a CME activity, a traditional evaluation may be used to assess whether the activity met its educational purpose and/or objective." The CME requirements highlight CME's part in boosting the performance of both the healthcare team and outcomes, for which PAs are key players.

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