How to Receive AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

by Teaching Medical Students and/or Residents


Learning associated with teaching encourages your own professional development as a medical educator. You can earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM by engaging in new learning intended to make you a better teacher/preceptor and then applying your new learning to teaching medical students and residents/fellows.  CME credit recognizes how your learning changed your teaching.  Here is the basic principle of learning associated with teaching.


  • Undertake new learning associated with making you a better preceptor which may include acquiring new factual information, communication skills or teaching techniques, how to make better slides, or how to mentor.
  • Apply your new learning by teaching medical students, residents or fellows as a presenter or preceptor
  • You will be awarded 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for every hour of teaching time


  • The process applies only to teaching EVMS medical students and/or residents/fellows in ACGME approved programs.  This does not apply to teaching PA or other healthcare students.
  • Learning must be paired with teaching.  You must engage in some new learning that is applied to teaching.
  • If you teach the same content on more than one occasion, even to a different audience, you may claim credit only once.  However, if you undertake new learning, even on a previous topic, that becomes a new learning-teaching combination eligible for credit. 


We expect that the educational material you use will have been developed independent of any ACCME-defined commercial interest.  You can ensure this by using: 

  • Peer-reviewed materials in professional journals that follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts created by the International Committee on Medical Journal Editors and/or
  • Accredited CME developed and presented in compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. 


Complete and submit the Preceptor Credit Form reporting only TEACHING time; do not include your learning time.  The EVMS CME Office will calculate the amount of credit you will be awarded by doubling the teaching time then rounding to the nearest quarter-hour.  Credit will appear in your EVMS CME transcript. You may receive up to 10 credits per year.

Questions?   Please contact EVMS CME at or phone 757-446-6140.