What You Get

The American Association for Physician Leadership® is your career building partner. You’ll get information you need in the format you want. You’ll get career guidance, networking and education opportunities to take your leadership to the next level.


Discounts on all association education and information

Take advantage of the association's offerings. They cost members substantially less money.


Prestige and recognition from your peers

Become known within the physician leadership community through education and advancement.


Career advancement and increased earning potential

Open new avenues for your career through CME and advanced education opportunities.

Membership Saves You Money


Physician Leadership Journal Subscription


Degree / CPE Curriculum


Introductory one-hour career advising session


Physician Executive Compensation Survey


Knowledge Worth Sharing Webinar Series


Daily Digest Subscription
Better Business Intelligence

Stay on top of the latest news and trends with the award-winning Physician Leadership Journal (formerly Physician Executive Journal). Plus, LeadDoc, an online journal for emerging physician leaders, and the Daily Digest, a news roundup created in affiliation with Bulletin Healthcare.

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Enhanced Knowledge and Expertise

Gain essential management training and CME credits through the association’s educational programs. You choose what’s best for you: in person, facilitated online or self-study. Members get substantial discounts on all courses. Plus, you can advance to higher advanced degrees through our university partners.

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Career Advancement

You get unlimited access to CareerLink, the association’s online job bank. Plus, you save 50 percent on your first hour of a career advisory session with the association’s experienced career services staff. Plus, you can receive the biannual Physician Leader Compensation Survey. It’s free to members who contribute to the study and available at a discount to all association members.

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Credentials and Recognition

You can gain credibility as a physician leader and business expert by applying your association curriculum toward an advanced degree through the association’s prestigious university partners. Programs include MBA, MMM or MS-HQSM degrees.

About advanced degrees


Certification and Prestige

A  Certified Physician Executive designation is your professional seal of achievement and a gateway to greater career opportunities. It’s a sign of your commitment to excellence in health care delivery. Your membership provides access at substantial discount to all prerequisites for nonbusiness degree holders. 

About Certified Physician Executives  


Members-only Resources and Discounts

You get a daily quick-scan update of the latest medical management news delivered right to your email inbox. The Daily Digest, in collaboration with Bulletin Healthcare, keeps you updated each business day. Plus, you get access to the archives of the Physician Leadership Journal (formerly the Physician Executive Journal) and its decades of essential information. And, best of all, you get discounts on courses, seminars and books offered by the association for CME and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to join the American Association for Physician Leadership®?

    Full membership in the American Association for Physician Leadership® is open to licensed allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians who live in the continental United States, and its territories and possessions, Canada and Mexico, plus other licensed physicians abroad holding a Standard Certificate certification by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Currently, the association has members from 46 nations worldwide. No examination is required for membership. 

  • How much are the dues?

    Regular membership dues are $295. Active military and public health doctors’ dues are $225. Residents and medical students are $50.

  • What is the purpose of the association?

    The American Association for Physician Leadership®, formerly the American College of Physician Executives, is the nation’s oldest and largest health care organization for physician leaders. The association’s primary focus is to help doctors gain skills to assume leadership and management positions within health care organizations. The association offers personalized support to each member, including CME courses, advanced degree programs, career counseling and more.

  • How many members does the association have?

    Currently, the association has about 11,000 members.

  • What are the benefits of joining the association?

    An array of benefits are offered to members, including a subscription to the Physician Leadership Journal (formerly Physician Executive Journal), an award-winning journal of medical management. Members also receive the Daily Digest, a quick-read update of medical management news emailed every business day, and thousands of dollars in discounts for courses and services.

  • Must I be a member to take a CME course?

    No. Membership is not required. But members get substantial discounts on all live, online and self-study courses. Sometimes, it’s even enough to pay for membership.

  • I am interested in an advanced degree. How will the association help me?

    The association offers the only graduate program that lets you choose from among four of America’s top universities. Since 1993, more than 2,000 physicians have used the association’s graduate programs to build essential leadership skills they need to advance their health care leadership careers.

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  • What is CPE certification?

    Certified Physician Executive status indicates you have attained a level of training and excellence within the medical management profession. Through education, knowledge and demonstrated skills, the physician leader is equipped to manage and lead a health care organization.

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  • What accreditation does the association have?

    The association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide CME for physicians. The association designates its live activities and enduring material educational activities as AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim credit to the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Why did the organization change its name?

    The association, founded in 1975 and formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives, has expanded its role to serve physician leaders with support and education for career enhancement. The association’s position is that physicians are uniquely suited to lead health care organizations as they strive to deliver world-class care.

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