Established in 1975, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is the world’s most prominent association for physicians who fulfill leadership and management roles. The ACPE has more than 10,000 members in 46 countries. The group’s membership includes allopathic and osteopathic physicians, podiatrists, and dentists. The ACPE provides opportunities for its members to develop and enhance their supervisory and administrative skills through continuing education and training, career counseling, and networking. Through its chartered corporation, the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, the ACPE also offers the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) distinction to physician executives who have consistently displayed excellence in their professional life.
To attain the CPE status, a licensed medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy must hold board certification and one year of management experience. In addition, they must possess three years of clinical experience following residency and fellowship as well as a management degree or 150 hours of verified management education. Physicians are also required to complete a rigorous four-day certification program. In a competitive health care marketplace, the Certified Physician Executive credential shows a strong commitment to innovative and knowledgeable leadership.