AMA PRA Category 1™ vs. AMA PRA Category 2™ are defined by the American Medical Association (AMA)
Category 1 activities are designated by an accredited provider. Examples include attendance and presentations at a conference where Category 1 will be given. Physicians may also earn credit for publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal and meritorious learning experiences that have been pre-approved for credit.
Category 2 activities, by contrast, have not been formally designated by an accredited provider for category 1 credit. Category 2 CME credit is self-assigned, self-recorded, and self-calculated by the physician. Individual physicians may claim Category 2 credit for learning experiences that have improved the care they provide their patients. Category 2 activities include reading journal article and consulting colleagues.
Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 2™ Credit for such learning activities as:
Physicians determine the number of credits by claiming one (1) Category 2 Credit for each 60-minute hour engaged in the learning activity. Physicians may claim credit in 15 minute increments, or .25 credit hours, and should round to the nearest quarter hour. Category 2 credit hours can be documented in the form of a physician log. 60 minutes equals 1 credit.