Continuing Medical Education for Physicians

Continuing Medical Education Information

AMA PRA Category 2 Credit Activities

AMA PRA Category 2 Credit is defined as all educational activities not designated for Category 1 that: comply with the AMA definition of CME; comply with the AMA ethical opinions on Gifts to Physicians from Industry and on Ethical Issues in CME (i.e., are not promotional); and a physician finds to be a worthwhile learning experience related to his/her practice. Accredited providers do not designate activities for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit.

Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit for such learning activities as: teaching residents, medical students or other health professionals; unstructured online searching and learning (i.e., not Internet PoC); reading authoritative medical literature; or participating in live activities not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Other examples include:

  • Consultation with peers and medical experts
  • Small group discussions
  • Self assessment activities
  • Medical writing
  • Preceptorships
  • Research

In each case, the physician individually determines the educational value of those AMA PRA Category 2 activities in which he or she participates.


Self documented; physicians should self claim credit for appropriate AMA PRA Category 2 activities on their AMA PRA certificate application form.

Credit Assignment

As with live activities, physicians may self claim one (l) AMA PRA Category 2 Credit for each 60-minute hour engaged in the learning activity. Physicians may claim credit in 15 minute, or 0.25 credit increments, and round to the nearest quarter hour.