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Professional News
APA, ABPN, and CME
Psychiatric News
Volume 43 Number 6 page 14-14

When APA members receive letters notifying them of successful completion of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) exams, some may contact APA with questions about how to obtain CME credit, or a CME certificate, for their achievement.

APA is not a recognized sponsor for the ABPN certification exam and therefore cannot directly provide CME credit for successful completion of the exam (parts I and II) or the recertification exam (part II of the Maintenance of Certification exam).

However, because APA recognizes the time and preparation for both exams and the learning obtained in the process, APA members can submit their ABPN notification of successful completion of an exam as part of their APA CME Compliance Report.

The CME requirement for APA members is 150 hours of CME credit every three years, with at least 60 hours of the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 credits. A CME Certificate of Compliance is provided when APA receives a member's report.

When reporting CME activities to APA, a member may claim 25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for successful completion of Part I and 25 credits for the successful completion of Part II of the certification exams of the ABPN and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Members may also claim 25 hours for successful completion of the ABPN recertification exam.

In addition, they may report 25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for successful completion of ABPN certifying examinations in addiction psychiatry, administrative psychiatry, child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and pain management and psychosomatic psychiatry.

Another option for APA members who seek recognition for CME hours is receipt of a "To Whom It May Concern" letter from APA's Department of CME. Upon receipt of the member's notification from ABPN, the office will provide a letter outlining APA recognition of the activity as part of its CME reporting.

If neither of those options meets a psychiatrist's professional needs, he or she can apply to the AMA for a CME Certificate of Credit for a fee. AMA members also pay a fee, depending on the type of certificate.

More information on AMA PRA direct credit activities can be obtained online at<www.ama-assn.org/go/cme>, by e-mail at pra@ama-assn.org, or by phone at (312) 464-5296.

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