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The CPE credential opens doors in today’s competitive health care leadership field. Adding CPE to your résumé indicates that you have reached a superior level of excellence in leadership with the education, expertise and demonstrated skills to effectively lead health care organizations in today’s challenging job market.

There’s no better way to set yourself apart, gain prestige and advance your career.

What is a CPE?

A Certified Physician Executive is a licensed MD or DO with one year of management experience, 150 hours of tested management education or a management degree and is board-certified in a clinical specialty with three years’ experience after residency and fellowship. CPE candidates must pass the 3½-day Certifying Commission in Medical Management Certification Program known as the Capstone.*


What does CPE do for you?

Your CPE credential tells prospective employers:

  •  You have attained a high level of management education and experience
  •  You have core competencies in key leadership areas
  •  You have superior communication skills


Accreditation Statement The American Association for Physician Leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

* The American Association for Physician Leadership designates this enduring material for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CPE Eligibility

CPE eligibility is limited to physician executives of the highest caliber. The credential is awarded by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management based on the four criteria below.

  •  Professional status
  •  Educational achievement
  •  Experience
  •  Successful completion of required courses



The CCMM is a not for-profit corporation chartered by the American Association for Physician Leadership® to establish and maintain the highest standards for certification of physician executives.

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