CME & State Licensure During the COVID-19 Emergency

Updated June 8, 2020—Delivering COVID-19 healthcare services and participating in professional enrichment activities to learn how to best provide care during the emergency may qualify for continuing medical education credits.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Under Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-13, followed by Executive Order 2020-49, followed by Exeuctive Order 2020-82 (that has since been rescinded effective June 3), the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency beginning March 17, 2020, through June 30, 2020, as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure. The Executive Order also allows LARA to renew licenses to practice under Part 170, 172, 175, 177, or 187 of the Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368, as amended, regardless of whether the licensees have satisfied the continuing education requirement applicable to their license.

American Academy of Family Physicians

For AAFP/MAFP members, time spent on COVID-19 professional enrichment activities may be reported to AAFP as Elective credit via the professional enrichment category, commensurate with participation. This includes informal self-learning activities, such as reading journals and attending webinars.

By the end of each Academy membership re-election cycle (every three calendar years), AAFP/MAFP members are required to report at least 150 credits of approved CME. Of the 150 CME credits, professional enrichment is limited to 25 elective credits.

Recognizing that members must be focused on caring for patients during the COVID-19 emergency, AAFP has put in place CME reporting and member dues payment adjustments to provide relief:

  • AAFP members whose CME re-election cycle ends on Dec. 31, 2020, who have not met the requirement, will have an additional year to fulfill their CME requirement.
  • Members whose CME re-election cycle ended on Dec. 31, 2019 will now have until Dec. 31, 2020 to report their CME, which they earned prior to Dec. 31, 2019, to remain eligible for membership (original deadline was May 5, 2020).
  • Any members who have not yet paid their 2020 dues will now have until July 14, 2020 to do so.

Click here to check your AAFP re-election status. Click here for information on types of CME credit that qualifies for AAFP membership re-election cycle requirements.

How to Report CME Credit

MAFP is working with LARA and AAFP to ensure the maximum amount of continuing medical education obtained during the COVID-19 response can be counted toward meeting licensure and membership requirements.

Members are encouraged to track by date and activity the hours they spend on COVID-19 patient care and professional enrichment activities.

Reporting self-directed professional enrichment activities to AAFP must be done by each individual member – click here to self-report. If you need assistance, contact Denna Bunting, MAFP Meeting Planner, at [email protected].

MAFP will continue to keep members informed of any changes / updates to CME and licensure.