Options for Meeting ABFM Certification Requirements

Included are KSAs Offered by Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan in September and December

June 10, 2021—If you are an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) diplomate needing to complete your stage requirements by Dec. 31, 2021, you are encouraged to start taking action now rather than waiting until the last minute.
ABFM's Continuous Certification Process is divided into continous 3-year stages. Within each stage, there are minimum requirements for Performance Improvement and Knowledge Self-assessment activities, as well as total points and CME credits. Below are options for you to consider.

Performance Improvement Requirement

If you need to meet your Performance Improvement (PI) requirement, you are encouraged to complete the ABFM Self-direction Clinical PI Activity. This activity allows you to receive certification credits for improvements you are already working on, or have completed recently, within your own practice.

The ABFM Self-Directed Clinical PI activity provides a concise, easy way to report the necessary information about:

  • Gap in care or process improvement that you have identified
  • Baseline information that describes what you were starting from in measurement
  • Description of your intervention
  • Follow-up data you used to determine if that change was an improvement

Average time to complete this very popular method of receiving PI credit is 15-20 minutes; and, because you get to choose the issue to work on, it guarantees that it is relevant to your daily work.

Of specific note this year, ABFM created a COVID-19 PI activity in March 2020, patterned after the Self-Directed Pathway which simply asks the physician to describe one change they made in their practice during the pandemic (e.g., virtualization, screening, PPE/safety, vaccine administration, treatment protocols) and what they learned from this process. Baseline data is nice, but not required given the novel nature of this pandemic – for many things, the baseline will likely zero.

Self-Assessment Requirement

If you need to complete the Self-Assessment requirement, it is suggested that you choose one of the newly revised Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) activities. Most of the activities have undergone substantial updating and have been converted to a single-best answer format. In addition, for completion, there is no longer a requirement for 80% correct in each content category, but rather 80% correct overall, and the KSA platform is more user-friendly.

You are invited to participate in the following KSAs that Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan is hosting, with a family physician from Michigan serving as facilitator:

  • Diabetes | Sept. 18, 8 am-12 pm ET
    Focuses on screening and diagnosis pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management, risk factors, and complications of diabetes mellitus. Approved for 8 CME Credits and 10 certification points.
  • NEW! Health Counseling and Preventive Care | Dec. 4, 8 am-12 pm ET
    Focuses on management of nutrition, sexual health, exercise, smoking avoidance and cessation, substance abuse, cancer screening, screening for medical conditions, chemo prevention, and immunizations. Approved for 8 CME credits and 10 certification points.

If you need to meet your remaining certification points requirement outside of your PI and KSA requirement, explore these options:

Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment offers 25 questions per quarter for 2.5 certification points with each completion, with no minimum correct items required. There are three remaining quarters for this activity for 2021, though one would need to be completed by June 30. Physicians can receive if 2.5 points for each quarter that they complete. This is a very popular activity among diplomates and would be ideal for the physician who only needs a few points to meet their overall requirement.

Look for Alternative Activities in your MyABFM Portfolio, which are self-assessment in nature and will award points toward your total certification requirements.

Tracking CME Activities

Remember to continue to track your completed CME activities with the American Academy of Family Physicians. The credits you enter into AAFP’s CME tracking tool will transfer over to your ABFM record. CME credits are also awarded with most ABFM activities. ABFM accepts credit for any online or in-person activity that is approved for CME by the AAFP or the American Medical Association. For more specific details about accepted CME, visit MyABFM Portfolio for details. MyABFM Portfolio is a personalized onlie took for diplomates to track progress with continuous certification, lifelong learning, and professional development in family medicine.