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Every year, more than one hundred physicians join the elite group of health care leaders who have become Certified Physician Executives (CPEs) since board certification began in 1997.

Top physician leaders are finding Certified Physician Executive (CPE) board certification to be the key that opens new doors in today’s competitive health care leadership field.

July 23-26, 2015

Chicago, IL

November 14-17, 2015

Scottsdale, AZ

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Certified Physician Executive


Who We Are

The national certifying body for physicians specializing in medical management is the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM). The Certifying Commission is a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the American Association for Physician Leadership—the association for physicians in health care leadership—to establish and maintain the highest standards for certification of physician executives.


What is a CPE?

A Certified Physician Executive is a licensed MD or DO who has one year of management experience, has 150 hours of tested management education or a management degree, is Board Certified in a specialty, has three years of clinical experience after residency and fellowship, and has successfully passed the 3 ½ day CCMM Certification Program.



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Why CPE ?

CPE is the certification of choice for physician leaders. Endorsed by the American Association for Physician Leadership, the credential is becoming the benchmark for CEOs and executive recruiters seeking the most accomplished and influential health care leaders.

The CPE certification after your name speaks to your commitment to excellence, and can be a valuable asset toward advancing your career and enhancing your credibility. And of course, there’s the personal satisfaction you’ll feel when you achieve this exclusive pinnacle in your professional life. When you add CPE to your signature and resume, it tells prospective employers that you have distinctive competencies and skills of value to organizations in the health care industry.


Achieving CPE Status

Eligibility for the CPE is limited to physician executives of the highest caliber. The credential is awarded by the CCMM on the basis of a candidate’s stature as a physician, level of educational achievement, medical management experience, and the successful completion of the CCMM’s four-day skill-building Certification Program.

Going beyond the written-examination-only approach of many certification programs, the CPE leads physicians through video practice sessions that focus on various management techniques. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to:

  • Make a convincing presentation describing their skills and accomplishments to a panel of health care leaders.

  • Give feedback within their cohort groups.

  • Complete “in-basket” exercises consisting of cases developed around nine required health care courses.


Participant Testimonial

“I had been putting off getting the CPE, but when I began a job search, three out of five recruiters asked me if I was a CPE, so I knew it was time to do it.”

M. Joseph Grennan, Jr., MD, CPE
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Humility of Mary Health Partners
Youngstown, Ohio


Recruiter Testimonial

“Along with leadership and management accomplishments, the CPE on physician executives’ resumes tells me that I can be confident that the candidates will present themselves well, know how to handle stressful situations, and have good communication skills.”

Jennifer Grebenschikoff
Vice President
Physician Executive Leadership Management Center
Tampa, Florida





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