What's in it for me?

Practice-based research adds to the knowledge base needed to answer questions of critical importance to the daily practices of primary care physicians, ultimately leading to improved patient health care and outcomes.

APBRN membership offers physicians many benefits, including:.

CME opportunities through the UAB Division of CME and Alabama Practice-Based CME Network, as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Opportunities to participate in community-based research conducted by UAB researchers from a variety of disciplines.

Incentives and/or monetary reimbursement for participation in research, for physicians and staff.

Interaction and exchange of ideas and information with other primary care physicians, as well as researchers.

Opportunities to inform the practice of primary care and the primary care agenda on the national level through activities like the Federation of PBRN's National Clinical Questions Panel.

Recognition through peer-reviewed publications and presentations, certificates for study completion, and participation in multisite studies, such as the electronic Primary Care Research Network (ePCRN).

Free medical literature searches, with full-text where available (contact the Coordinating Center for details).

Enhanced educational opportunities for medical students and residents, by working with physician preceptors as they conduct practice-based research.

Did you know...

That AAFP CME credit is available to APBRN members who belong to the American Academy of Family Physicians completely free of charge?

AAFP members can earn CME credits for participating in research and related activities: up to 10 per calendar year for direct participation, plus additional enrichment credits for activities like attending APBRN meetings (2 credits) and completing IRB training (4 credits). Throughout the year non-APBRN opportunities may also arise, such as surveys or studies conducted by other PBRNs or organizations like the National Research Network and Federation of PBRNs. The APBRN Coordinating Center informs members of such offerings as they become available, as - particularly on the national level - they represent not only an opportunity earn CME but also to give voice to primary care issues and concerns on the national level.  

As a service to members, the APBRN Coordinating Center requests AAFP CME credit for research-related activities for members, and provides documentation of activities for AAFP non-members on request. Since 2002, over 1,000 research and enrichments credits have been earned by APBRN / AAFP members.*

* AAFP credits also count toward maintaining your Alabama medical licensure, however you must be an AAFP member to earn them and your membership must be up to date.


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APBRN Coordinating Center
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Division of Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham
930 20th Street South Room 307
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: 205.934.9376
Fax: 205.934-9398

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