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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.


Since January 1997 CCMM has approved 2,712 Certified Physician Executives (CPE's).

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Nov 4-7, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

Jan 25-28, 2018
Orlando, FL

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About CPE

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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