New application allows tailored access to activities, credit management
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
Hilary Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E., FAAP, didn’t have to pack her continuing medical education
(CME) record when she moved from Michigan to Illinois in August. The new senior vice
president of AAP Education knew that once she arrived, her record would be easy to
find in the AAP Activities & Credit Management tool.
It’s the latest Digital Transformation Initiative, intent on connecting, simplifying
and personalizing AAP members’ experiences.
Like an electronic medical record for your CME, the AAP tool is portable and accessible
“We want it to be one-stop shopping. Even if you change states, the AAP stays the
same,” Dr. Haftel said.
When you access your account, you will notice a more personalized feel with advanced
features that focus on individual needs. The modern interface is based on a flexible
digital platform that the Academy can adapt as members’ needs change.
“It’s portable, simpler and easier to use,” Dr. Haftel said, adding that the AAP heavily
weighed member feedback in the redesign. The Activities & Credit Management tool accommodates
all members, regardless of their familiarity and comfort level with technology.
You will experience faster, easier and more user-centric navigation. The searching
capabilities are broad. Filters allow you to narrow and find information by name,
activity type, year and whether you have claimed the activity or not.
Tabs no longer separate AAP credit from American Board of Pediatrics credit. All activities
are now centralized, so you don’t have to remember what type of credit you are claiming.
For some, this caused confusion in the past. If you liked that option, however, you
can filter your data by category.
Activities also are linked. For example, journal subscribers now can claim credit
for individual articles read. The claimed articles link back to the main product subscription.
Additionally, for the first time you can search within all of your CME or Maintenance
of Certification activities. If you are unable to recall the activity name or would
like to search more narrowly in a category, a new option allows you to filter by year,
activity status (all, claimed, eligible, expired, in progress) or the learning format
(live activity, journal-based activity, enduring material, etc.). There is no need
to scroll through pages of activities. The filters allow you to see only what you
are interested in.
Credit claiming is handled in one place. If you are eligible to claim a credit for
an activity, there will be a claim button on that activity in your main management
screen. The tool still allows members to self-claim credit for applicable activities.
More to come
The tool is part of the AAP’s Digital Transformation Initiative to overhaul digital
platforms and communications. The multi-year initiative is part of the AAP strategic
plan to enhance communication across platforms with members and stakeholders.
Dr. Haftel is excited that the tool will be available for members in November. She
sees it as an important part of members’ educational home, which provides quality
CME. AAP CME programs consistently earn the highest certification from the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education.
“We take CME and accreditation seriously,” Dr. Haftel said. “We want to give our members
that same reassurance of quality.”