AAPA HOD Responds to Preceptor Shortage With Increased CME

AAPA News Release (07/02/19) Dornstauder, Alexander

The American Academy of Physician Assistants' (AAPA) House of Delegates (HOD) updated its policy on Category 1 continuing medical education (CME) for precepting at AAPA 2019 in Denver, noting the nationwide shortage of preceptors. The HOD voted to elevate the CME incentive for those who advance the profession as a preceptor. The update now qualifies individual preceptors to earn up to 20 AAPA category 1 CME credits during any single calendar year, up from 10. The HOD also amended the rate at which Category 1 CME credit may be earned for precepting, with preceptors allowed to earn up to two AAPA Category 1 CME credits weekly for each PA student they precept. Preceptors who earn the maximum AAPA category 1 CME credits available via precepting can now meet 80% of their Category 1 CME requirement, while 90% of the two-year National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification maintenance requirement can be satisfied through precepting. "The policy change is intended to contribute to greater availability of clinical rotations for students, better opportunities for PA programs to recognize and reward their preceptors, and sustainable growth of the profession," AAPA noted.

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