American College of Physician Executives

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The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is the nation's oldest and largest health care organization for physician leaders - doctors who hold leadership and management positions. In September 2014, it was rebranded as the American Association for Physician Leadership, a name that more accurately describes its expanded mission. Its members include CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CQOs and health system officers. The organization represents more than 11,000 members from more than 46 different countries. Its central offices are located in Tampa, Florida. Peter B. Angood, MD, FACPE is the chief executive officer. Mark Werner, MD, CPE, FACPE, currently serves as the president and chairman of the board.


The organization was founded in 1975 as the American Academy of Medical Directors (AAMD) in Alexandria, Virginia. For most of this time, the primary focus of the association's activities has been encouraging physicians to assume more active roles in the leadership and management of organizations in the health care industry and helping physicians acquire leadership and management skills. In 1982, AAMD moved its headquarters to Tampa. In 1980, the name was changed to the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) to more accurately reflect the nature and direction of its growing membership. In 2014, after two years of extensive research and surveys, the organization rebranded and became the American Association for Physician Leadership. By broadening the scope of programs, products and services, the association strives to more fully support the physician workforce across the entire career span, from medical students to those in later career stages. This also includes physicians in clinical roles, nonclinical administrative roles and those on nontraditional physician career paths.

Benefits to members[edit]

Management Education The association offers educational programs, in live and distance learning formats, to prepare members for the daily challenges of management. In partnership with three leading universities, the association's graduate program leads to a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or Masters in Medical Management (MMM) degree.

Current Information A subscription to the Physician Leadership Journal, the bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal of medical management, is included in membership. Members also have access to extensive information resources online through the association's web site, including a career research center, on-line networks and the PLJ archives. In addition, members receive discounts on books, education programs, web lectures, and other informational items.

Career Development The association provides current resources and an ongoing program of career counseling to support members in setting and pursuing their professional objectives in health care leadership. An online job listing service is provided, and resume review services are available at discounted rates for members.

Advancement and Recognition Advancement opportunities within the association include Fellowship and Distinguished Fellowship, service on the Board of Directors, Diplomate status and the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) credential (through the Certifying Commission in Medical Management).

Mission statement[edit]

The American Association for Physician Leadership is the world’s premier organization for lifelong growth and support of physician leaders.

External links[edit]

American Association for Physician Leadership web site