The American Medical Association Council on Medical Education has authorized academic CME providers, such as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, to certify a new category of AMA PRA Category 1 credit called Learning from Teaching. TCMC was one of the 20 medical schools in the country involved in the pilot program to test this new process.

According to the AAMC, the purpose of the Learning from Teaching initiative 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.” These learning activities are “personal learning projects designed and implemented by the learner with facilitation from the accredited provider."

Credit is given for the time spent teaching, not for the time spent learning. However, a learning process must occur to be able to claim this credit. CME credit is not a reward or payment, it is a recognition/acknowledgement/metric intended to note that the physician has engaged in an educational activity which serves 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. An example of a Learning from Teaching activity might be:

Let’s say that you plan to discuss with your student a topic that relates to a special interest on the part of the student or relating to a patient you and the student have recently seen. You spend time preparing for that teaching session by researching the topic and reading recent literature. Therefore, learning has occurred on your end and you can claim credit under this new format. You will claim credit for the time you spend teaching or discussing the topic with the student, but it must follow a learning process such as the one described above. You cannot claim credit for a student following you around for several hours and observing or for providing the student with feedback on the way to conduct an interview or perform a part of the physical exam all based on your accumulated experience over the years. The credit is to recognize the learning that occurs as physicians prepare to teach but the credit is calculated based on the time spent using what they learned to teach.

Documentation of the teacher/learner needs to reflect his or her gap in knowledge, competence or understanding that required the research, updating, reflection or development of materials relative to the teaching/precepting assignment.

Examples of the outcomes from learning from teaching activities include preparing for a student encounter/teaching session, literature searching, researching case materials, researching clinical questions, reflection on teaching encounters or developing educational materials.
The documentation form is available below. Direct any questions regarding this new initiative to the CME department, cme@tcmc.edu

Learning from Teaching Documentation Form