Learning associated with Teaching Medical Students, Residents and Fellows


For access to the Learning from Teaching forms, Login with your CME Account (non-WU faculty) or your WUSTL-KEY (WU faculty), and click My Self-Directed Learning on the right-hand menu.
Forms must be submitted within 6 months of the teaching event in order for credit to be awarded.


Learning from Teaching is a mechanism developed by the AMA and the ACCME to award physicians AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (CME credit) for the formal learning activity that occurs during their preparation for teaching, supervising, precepting, or evaluating medical students, residents, or fellows. Importantly, this is not credit for teaching; simply spending time with students, residents, or fellows without formally preparing is not sufficient to receive credit.

Washington University School of Medicine has developed guidelines and an online documentation form outlining the steps to complete in order to receive credit in this format. The guidelines are listed below:

  • Learning from Teaching credit is available to physicians who have a faculty appointment at WUSM and who are working with students, residents or fellows in one of the University's ACGME-approved programs.
  • Physicians must provide the name of the program/clerkship/course director relevant to their teaching activity, who may be asked to verify their participation.
  • Credit is awarded for the formal learning activity that the physician engages in in preparation for teaching and must be paired with teaching (e.g., lectures, developing case studies, supervising clinical or simulated activities, teaching clinical skills, mentoring QI/PI projects).
  • Credit will be awarded based on a 2 to 1 ratio to teaching time. For example, faculty may be awarded 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ (CME) per hour spent teaching. Credits will be rounded to the nearest 15 minutes. Regardless of how many hours are spent preparing for the teaching experience, the number of hours of credit assigned is attached to the number of hours of teaching the student/resident/fellow.
  • Credit may be claimed only once for teaching the same content, even if being presented to a different audience.
  • Education material that is used in the learning process should be independent of any ACCME-defined commercial interest.
  • One application form should be completed for each teaching event that resulted in a learning session for you, and submitted to the CME department. For example, if you are teaching a new subject once a week, a form should be completed once a week.
  • Physicians must identify their learning gap, select the educational format used to prepare for the teaching experience, and explain why this format was selected for their own learning.
  • Please allow up to 2 weeks for review of submitted forms before approved credit will be issued.


  • A question about the coagulation cascade was raised by a pediatric resident during morning report. You listened to the discussion, added what you remembered, and informed the group that the topic should be pursed the following morning. You spend one hour researching the topic that afternoon, and the following morning devote 15 minutes during rounds teaching what you learned. The amount of credit that can be claimed is 0.5 credits (2 x 15 minutes you spent teaching).
  • You are assigned to lead a 1-hour-long weekly case presentation session with students on the internal medicine clerkship for a total of 20 sessions. You are aware of the cases in advance and spend 1 hour researching the topics for half (10) of those sessions. Each session consists of 30 minutes of student presentations and 30 minutes teaching. You are able to claim 10 credits (2 x 10 sessions x 30 minutes teaching time) for this activity.
  • You are a primary care provider who served as a preceptor to rotating medical students this past semester. The students followed you through your clinic day, and you taught by example. You did not prepare for the precepting experience. Since you did not learn anything in preparation for the teaching/precepting experience, no credit can be earned.


In support of improving patient care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


American Medical Association (AMA Credit)

Washington University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per 1 hour of interaction with medical Students and/or residents/fellows.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their particpation in the activity.


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