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Annals of Internal Medicine is a convenient way to fulfill both your CME and MOC requirements. After logging in, it takes just a few minutes to earn credit using one of two models: complete the short quiz that accompanies articles with the "CME" label or document how an article you read with the "Eligible for CME Point-of-Care" label impacted your practice. Both forms of CME are now also eligible for MOC points, as well.

  • Click "ABOUT CME AND MOC" below to learn more about our CME and MOC offerings
  • Learn more about the process by which you can opt to have your CME credits submitted for MOC points.

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Physicians can earn free Point-of-Care CME credit for using selected Annals of Internal Medicine articles (Original Research, Reviews, Clinical Guidelines, In the Clinic, and Beyond the Guidelines) to address their clinical questions. Articles on annals.org have undergone the journal’s rigorous peer review process that involves internal review by editors and external reviewers with clinical and methodological expertise. American College of Physician members and individual subscribers are eligible for this benefit. To access Annals of Internal Medicine and this type of CME credit, follow these steps:

Go to www.annals.org on any digital device and log in using your username and password. If you have not yet set up a personal registration, follow the instructions on the log in page to register. You must log in so that ACP can track that you have accessed these articles and answered the associated questions in order to provide CME credit.
Search for eligible articles related to the topic of interest in the following ways:

• Use the search feature at the top of the page (Boolean searching applies).
• Browsing Table of Contents.
• Click on Channels and then on the relevant specialty “Channel.” Search using the topic and article type filters once in the desired specialty Channel.
• Any article published within the prior x years in one of these journal sections qualifies for Point of Care CME: Original Research, Reviews, Clinical Guideline, In the Clinic, and Beyond the Guidelines. Note that if you have already completed another CME activity related to an article, you cannot also claim Point of Care credit for that same article.

After reading the article of interest, go to http://annals.org/aim/cme and answer a short quiz about the clinical question you sought to answer by reading it and whether the information gained will affect your practice. You can then claim 0.5 CME credit by clicking on the claim credit link after completing the questions. If you don’t have time to complete the quiz immediately, don’t worry. You can go to http://annals.org/aim/cme for list of the CME eligible articles you have accessed at another time to complete the quiz and claim your credit.

About Annals of Internal Medicine CME and MOC

About Annals CME and MOC

The Annals of Internal Medicine site provides a convenient way to fulfill your CME and MOC requirements. Articles are designated for credit and companion CME/MOC quizzes are provided online. Participants may earn credits by reading the relevant article and successfully completing the quiz. You may access CME/MOC quizzes ("CME Courses") by subject or by date via the Annals CME/MOC page. Links are also provided on the Annals.org home page, tables of contents, and on the CME-designated articles themselves.

Program Objectives

These activities have been developed for internists to facilitate the highest quality professional work in clinical applications, teaching, consultation, or research. Upon completion of a CME activity, participants should be able to demonstrate an increase in the skills and knowledge required to maintain competence, strengthen their habits of critical inquiry and balanced judgment, and contribute to better patient care.

Intended Audience

The intended audience consists of internal medicine physicians.

Accreditation Statement

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this journal-based CME Activity, Annals articles, for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Physicians designates this Enduring Material, In the Clinic, for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Physicians designates this Enduring Material, ACP Ethics Manual, Sixth Edition, for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Physicians designates this Enduring Material, Annals Consult Guys, for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

To claim CME credit for the above activities, participants will view the appropriate content and successfully complete a CME quiz with a score of 100%.

The American College of Physicians designates each Annals of Internal Medicine Internet Point-of-Care activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To claim CME credit, participants will view the appropriate content and complete a brief questionnaire.

Editors' Disclosures

Editors' Disclosures can be found ahead of each CME activity.

What about MOC?

Physicians enrolled in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program can now earn MOC points for successfully completing CME/MOC activities based on Annals content. For more information about earning MOC points for CME activities on Annals.org, view the MOC information page. For additional options, view the comprehensive ACP Online Learning Center to access online learning activities that are currently available from Annals and ACP.

By submitting for MOC points, you hereby grant permission to share your completion information for this activity with ACCME.

CME and MOC activities are available free to ACP members and users with purchased subscriptions. Others who are interested in completing CME/MOC activities can learn more about ACP membership and individual subscriptions to Annals of Internal Medicine.

What Is Continuing Medical Education (CME)?

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education has published the following:

Definition of CME

1982-B-03 The Definition of Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.

The broad definition of CME, such as the one found above, recognizes that all continuing educational activities, which assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently, are CME. A course in management would be appropriate CME for physicians responsible for managing a health care facility; a course in educational methodology would be appropriate CME for physicians teaching in a medical school; a course in practice management would be appropriate for practitioners interested in providing better service to patients.

Not all continuing educational activities in which physicians may engage, however, are CME. Physicians may participate in worthwhile continuing educational activities, which are not related directly to their professional work, but these activities are not CME. Continuing educational activities, which respond to a physician's non-professional need or interest, such as personal financial planning, and appreciation of literature or music, are not CME. (amended 11/99)

How Are CME Hours Calculated?

CME is designated on an hour-for-hour basis, i.e., for every hour you spend in a CME activity, you receive one (1) hour of CME credit.

Since people complete self-study activities (e.g., journal-based CME, self-tests, computer-based activities, video or audio tapes, etc.) at their own pace, calculating CME hours can create a dilemma for the activity's sponsor. The sponsor of an enduring material usually estimates the time the average physician would take to complete the activity. This estimate becomes the designated maximum amount of CME credit for the activity. The individual physician is required to keep track of the time spent on the activity, and claim only the number of hours he or she actually spent on the activity.

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