The Vanguard Program

The American Association for Physician Leadership's Vanguard Program

Programming for Seasoned Leaders in Healthcare

Vanguard Program

The Vanguard Program is designed to provide high-level programming and networking to match seasoned physician leaders’ sophisticated degree of experience in leadership, education, achievement, and dedication to improving the industry. This program leverages the historic Vanguard Group first created under the leadership of Robert Schenke, our founder and past CEO, with a focus on giving back through leadership, mentorship, and sharing of best practices and knowledge.

Program Eligibility

A member of the Vanguard group for the American Association for Physician Leadership signifies a physician leader, that is a member of the association, has attained the Certified Physician Executive credential or other advance medical management degrees in addition to demonstrating a commitment to physician leadership through membership, tenure, and experience.

Programming for Vanguard

Below are the upcoming events and ways for Vanguard program members to participate.

2022 Fall Institute Vanguard Meeting

A Semi-Annual Vanguard Meeting will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022. This Vanguard Meeting will be held as an in-person event at the AAPL Fall Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. Enhance your understanding and engage via panels, cases, peer presentations, and exercises covering the critical topics physician leadership is faced with every day.

Check Vanguard Eligibility

Certified Physician Executive

How do I participate in the Vanguard Program?

Start by earning your certification in medical management by receiving your CPE credential. This certification is awarded based on your stature as a physician, educational achievements, medical management experience and completion of a multiday, skill-building capstone event administered by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. This also is the way to become a fellow of the association.  

The Council of Fellows bestows this honor on physician leaders who are long-standing association members, have earned a CPE, and have demonstrated knowledge and experience, including attainment of regional or national stature. 

Additionally, you can seek an advanced degree through the association’s graduate degree program or through the curriculum offered at recognized colleges and universities.

What does the Vanguard Program include?


Custom education and networking opportunities are available at the association’s live events. These are invitation-only events where physician participants can network with other top physician leaders and address current trends and challenges in the healthcare marketplace. 


Vanguard members serve on review panels, analyze, and abstract topical discussions, write articles for the association’s publications, and represent it at events with the media. Comprising the upper echelon of medical leaders, their counsel is sought by the association's board of directors and they help guide its future.

Private Community

A private online network is available for Vanguard members to share and discuss current medical management issues.

Career Advancement

The latest career-advancement opportunities are made available to vanguard members, as are coaching for writing and presentations, and preparation to become full-time or part-time consultants. 

Vanguard Program — Eligibility Form

If you would like to check or confirm your eligibility to participate in the Vanguard program, and have already earned your CPE credential or other advanced medical degree, please submit your inquiry in the form below. A staff member from the association will review your submission promptly (usually within two business days).

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