Certified Physician Executive
Who We Are
Top physician leaders find the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification to be the key to open doors in today’s competitive health care leadership field.
The national certifying body for physicians specializing in medical management is the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM). The CCMM 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 or more 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 live 3½-day CPE Capstone.
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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 it can be a valuable asset to advance your career and enhance your credibility. And, of course, there’s the personal satisfaction you’ll feel when you attain this exclusive achievement in your professional life. When you add CPE to your signature and resume, it tells prospective employers that you have distinctive competencies and skills highly valued by 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 3½-day CPE Capstone. Beyond the written-examination-only approach of many certification programs, the CPE leads physicians through video practice sessions that focus on essential management techniques. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to:
Complete all pre-work assignments.
Participate in all six cohort exercises.
Successfully present a Leadership Summary on the final day.
Successfully complete of all post-work assignments.
Complete the confidential post-course feedback survey.
“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
“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.”
Physician Executive Leadership Management Center