What is the association’s master's program?
The association’s program is a flexible program that can help you earn an advanced degree related to medical management. The program has two parts: 125 contact hours (about six to eight classes) of prerequisites followed by university curriculum. You choose the program with the focus and the setup that works for you.
When and where do you have the program’s courses?
The association’s prerequisites are offered three ways: live, facilitated, and self-study. Our facilitated and self-study courses are done online. We’ll even come to you if your organization chooses to book a seminar. Live sessions are conducted at conferences around the country four times a year. Facilitated classes combine interactive elements with self-study during a 4 to
How long does it take to complete the program?
Both sections can be completed in as few as two years or spread out up to 10 years. It’s totally up to you. To ensure content isn’t outdated, however, you must complete the prerequisites within five years. In the university part of the program, it will take a year to 18 months for the MMM, about 2½ years for the part-time online MBA (minimum 22 months, maximum four years), and about 16 to 18 months for the MS-HQSM (if you take two classes per term). The MS-SHCD is expected to take about one academic year, devoting 10-15 hours per week.
What are the program requirements?
The master's program is for MDs and DOs and does not require a GMAT. No application or enrollment is necessary to start taking the prerequisites and they are offered year round. Membership in the association isn't required, either, but big discounts on the prerequisite classes and other benefits make joining a great idea. Ready?
How do I start?
Start by using the course selection tool to help pick your first course. Many physicians start with the Physician in Management Seminar series, but that’s not required.
Can I get credit for other management courses I’ve taken?
Content depth and breadth must be similar to our curriculum. Graduate-level coursework from other universities and executive training programs taken and graded within the last 10 years may be eligible for transfer. Acceptance is pending review of the content and candidate transcript. Transfer credit for the university part of the program is generally not available. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference among the degrees offered?
The five master’s program options differ in content, format,
If I took courses a few years ago, can I still take the tests and get credit?
There’s a five-year expiration on courses, regardless of whether you took the test. Any course taken five or more years ago cannot count for credit and will not show up on the association’s prerequisite transcripts. You have to retake the course. This helps you, too, to assure you have the latest information when you transfer to the second half of the master’s program. We encourage participants to take the tests soon after completing the course, even if you’re not sure you can complete the program. It keeps your options open and you avoid having to catch up on areas you’ve already done. Remember, testing costs nothing.
What about the CPE?
The Certified Physician Executive designation can open doors to advance your career and enhance your credibility. If you add 25 specific hours to your prerequisite curriculum, you will meet the requirements to apply for the CPE. To become a CPE, you must be accepted into the Certifying Commission in Medical Management’s CPE Certification Program. This is a 3 1/2 day skill development and assessment session that ends with an oral presentation to a panel of health care leaders.
What kinds of positions will this degree help me get?
The top-five categories of job titles of our current advanced degree holders are:
That said, you need to know your advanced degree will equip you with knowledge and skills but it won’t guarantee you a job in management. You’ll still need to get experience and build credibility for yourself. We’re here to help, though.
How do I get management experience while I’m getting my degree?
Physician leaders who have succeeded offer this advice:
After spending so much time and money already in post-graduate education, will I regret the decision to go back to school for more?
It’s a big decision, no doubt. But 97% of graduate degree alumni survey respondents said they would recommend the association’s leadership education to their colleagues.