The Vanguard Program

The American Association for Physician Leadership's Vanguard Program

Programming for Seasoned Leaders in Health Care

Vanguard Program

The refreshed 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.

The 2018 Summit Programming for Vanguard

The rebirth of the Vanguard took place at the April 2018 Physician Leadership Summit in Boston. During this program, Vanguard members covered the role of physicians in immediate and sustained crisis situations in “Economics of Health Care.”

Covering scenarios that create unexpected financial stressors on our health care delivery systems, ranging from natural disasters, to work force disruptions, to financial reform, to mass casualties or other industry disruptions; these physician-led conversations set the stage for future Vanguard programming where physician leaders can leverage their potential to support other physician leaders and impact the industry.

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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 designation 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.

2021 Vanguard Meeting

at the AAPL Spring Conference
June 11 - 13, 2021 in Chicago, IL


JW Marriott Chicago,
151 W. Adams Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

Explore Options

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 health care 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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