With an impetus from the Association of American Medical Colleges, led by Dave Davis, MD, Barbara Barnes, MD, and Carol Goddard, and preceded by a period of pilot testing, the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education has authorized academic CME providers to certify a new category of American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 credit: Learning from Teaching for academic endeavors in both undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME).

These new credits are only to be certified by academic teaching centers (i.e., medical school UME and GME and hospital centers that offer GME), and they are predicated on a collaborative process between the CME offices at those institutions and their UME/GME offices. Teacher-learners must complete an application for credit and/or special planning notes that document typical Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education planning criteria, and they must document the outcomes of their learning-through-teaching experience.

According to the AAMC, the purpose of Learning from Teaching initiatives is to “formally recognize and document the learning activity that occurs as a result of interacting with, teaching, and assessing the competence of students and residents.” The AAMC also points out that, due to the expansion of traditional teaching sites from the main campus to community-based venues, it has become necessary to rely on volunteer teachers as opposed to only full-time faculty.