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CPE Capstone

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.

Since certification began in 1997, more than 260 physicians annually have joined the elite group of health care leaders who have become Certified Physician Executives (CPEs). Top physician leaders who seek Certified Physician Executive (CPE) board certification use it to their advantage in today’s competitive health care leadership field.

The Capstone is the final required step in the CPE Certification program that will allow you to earn your CPE credential. This part of the program is completed at one of our live or virtual sessions offered four times a year. This 3½-day program is designed to provide you with additional education based on the CPE competencies, while completing exercises in cohort group sessions to allow you to practice and hone your skills in preparation for your CPE Leadership Summary Presentation.

Certification Presentations before Assessment Panel: The final step in the program is a verbal video-recorded presentation to a panel of healthcare leaders. The CPE Leadership Summary allows you to briefly and succinctly communicate how you have demonstrated your leadership as a physician leader and will be completed on the final half day. The presentation will cover your leadership philosophy, competencies, accomplishments, and your ability to meet current and future challenges in healthcare.

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Applications are only accepted through the associated application form. You’ll need to have ready electronic versions of your diplomas, transcripts, resume/CV and other documentation. (see application section below)


After successful completion of the Capstone program you will be awarded 32 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians.


Application fee of $150.00 will be due after submission but before your application is submitted to the Credentials Committee for review.

Capstone tuition is $3,500 after approval from the Credentials Committee and is due 60 days prior to the event (associated date will be provided). Registration and invoice creation for the desired Capstone will be completed by AAPL and communicated to you accordingly.

Note: CPE Capstone application fee and Capstone tuition are excluded from any AAPL promotions.

Please note:

  • Capstone sessions do fill up quickly so we encourage you to apply at least 120 days ahead of the event date.

  • Once approved you will be advised of the Capstone tuition payment deadline. Failure to pay by the designated date will result in deferral until a later session.

  • If the Credentials Committee does not approve your application you will be contacted by AAPL and provided instructions for further steps regarding your application.



Leadership Experience

Candidates must have at least one year of significant leadership experience and managerial oversight within a healthcare organization.

Leadership in the context of the CPE program is defined as an individual who in some capacity is responsible for the establishment, articulation and execution of the team and/or organizational vision. This includes coordinating and balancing the various interest of all team members and stakeholders. Essential to physician executive leadership roles are the abilities to actively lead and participate in strategy, finance, staffing, recruitment, hiring, firing, etc. To be able to participate in the CPE program and to be recognized as a certified physician executive, the participant must have this experience and attest to these areas; Talent management, Data management, Fiscal responsibilities, and Organizational impact. Additional details within the Application section below.

Leadership Education

CPE Candidates must have one of the following:

  • Completion the CPE Curriculum through American Association for Physician Leadership (Curriculum).
  • Graduate management degree (MBA, MMM, MHA, MPH, MS-HQSM, MS in management, etc.)

Professional Status

Medical Training - Candidates must be one of the following:

  • Graduate of a United States or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduate of an osteopathic school of medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Membership Status

Be a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership in good standing at the time of attendance at a CPE Capstone.



Candidates must have a current license to practice medicine in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands. Candidates from other countries must be licensed in the country in which they reside and practice.

Clinical Practice Experience

Candidates are required to have three years’ experience in clinical practice beyond residency and fellowship training.

A resume or CV is required.

Board Certification

Candidates must be (or have been) board certified in a clinical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association. Must have been in good standing if board certification was not renewed.



Your interest in becoming a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) is greatly appreciated.

You will need to be prepared to upload the following documentation during the application process:

  • A copy of your medical school diploma or ECFMG standard certificate
  • A resume or CV confirming three years of clinical practice experience
  • A copy of board certification in a specialty recognized by ABMS or AOA
  • A copy of your current license renewal
  • A copy of graduate degree transcript (for physicians applying with qualifying master's degree only)
  • A letter of recommendation from your immediate supervisor affirming management experience is required. In the absence of a supervisor, another significant health care leader within your organization is acceptable.
    OR a letter from the CEO of another significant health care organization is acceptable as well.
    • Letter must be on an official letterhead
    • Letter must be signed by endorser
    • Letter must mention relation to applicant
    • Letter should briefly attest to your leadership experience and managerial oversight touching on the four criteria below if possible

In Part 2 of the application, you will be asked to provide information and elaborate separately on the five items below:

Candidates must have at least one cumulative year of healthcare leadership experience within the last 3 years as described in the criteria below. The information must include significant lessons learned, physician leadership position(s) and dates/time spent in each role or roles. Examples of leadership experience could include:

  • Talent management
    • Managing physicians and other staff, performance evaluations, determining compensation, hiring and firing.
    • Leading physicians with feedback for performance and behavior.
  • Data management
    • Utilizing performance metrics, data gathered and how it is used to increase performance and show success.
    • Improvements in the health of populations with measurable data, HEDIS, etc.
  • Fiscal responsibilities
    • Managing a budget to include revenue, costs, and profits.
  • Organizational impact
    • Negotiating with employer and government health plans, discounts, and with at-risk platforms such as accountable care organizations
    • Designing, justifying, and implementing projects.
    • Measurably improved quality, patient safety, utilization, and value
    • Improving demand and capacity management that positively impacts access, affordability, and satisfaction for patients
    • Leading organizations in accreditation or certification such as Joint Commission, ACGME, etc.
    • Improvements in quality and production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, etc.
    • Improvements in the academic setting that improves learning and research
    • Examples of improving the organizational culture
  • Future aspirations within physician leadership and how that plus obtaining the CPE designation will help propel you in the future.


When completing Part 2 of the application, please keep in mind the following:

  • The CCMM is looking for experiences that document your leadership responsibilities. For example: direct oversight over other staff and making physician hiring decisions, rather than simply interviewing prospective physicians, or chairing a committee, rather than simply serving on a committee.
  • Please provide detailed information regarding the four areas of leadership/ managerial experience as noted above.
  • In the case you cannot attest to oversight in any specific area, please explain why or elaborate as much as possible.

Note: you may want to review the application and draft your responses prior to beginning. (At any time during this process, you can save your application and resume later).

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Upcoming CPE Capstone dates:



November 3 – 6
Live in Tampa, FL


  February 2-5
Live Online
  June 8-11
Live in Chicago, IL
  September 21-24
Live Online 



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