Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Scottsdale, AZ
Oct 24-26, 2024

Learn, Connect,
and Advance

At the 2024 Fall Institute, we are
once again bringing back our top faculty,
CME courses and in-person
peer networking—all against the
backdrop of sunny Scottsdale.

Community of Practice

Professional networking group

The Benefits of Professional Development and Networking

A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill individual and group goals. Communities of practice often focus on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice. These communities of practice are informal, organic, and free-flowing. Community of Practice sessions are moderated by an individual who has knowledge of, and experience in, the domain. However, the moderator is not intended to provide answers, but to enable discussions amongst members.

Continuous skill development

Fostering Collaborative Learning in Healthcare

Interaction on an ongoing basis is an important part of a community of practice, as participants become both teacher and learner. We have created these sessions in recognition of the need for new skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world in healthcare. AAPL communities of practice rely on face-to-face meetings as well as web-based, collaborative groups you can join within our AAPL Platform to continually nurture the community through sustained communication and connection.

Top Benefits of Communities of Practice for Professional Learning

  • Connect and provide a shared context for people who might not otherwise have the chance.
  • Enable dialogue between people to share personal experiences, explore new possibilities, solve challenging problems, and create new, mutually beneficial opportunities.
  • Stimulate learning by serving as a vehicle for authentic communication, mentoring, coaching, and self-reflection.
  • Empower people to organize around purposeful actions that develop tangible results for themselves, their organizations, and communities.
  • Identify solutions to common problems to help people improve their practice by providing a forum to process, collect, and evaluate best practices.
  • Generate new knowledge to help people transform their practice to accommodate changes in needs and technologies. (Adapted from Cambridge, Kaplan & Suter)

Fall Institute Community of Practice Sessions

During the Fall Institute, you will have the option to participate in up to two Communities of Practice per day.
  •  Women in Leadership
  • Physician Engagement and Retention
  • Leading Change
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Population Health
  • Value-Based Care

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)