Certified Physician Executive is the certification of choice for physician leaders

A Certified Physician Executive is a licensed MD or DO with one year of leadership experience, 150 hours of tested management education or a graduate management degree and is board certified in a clinical specialty with three years’ experience after residency and fellowship. CPE candidates must pass the three-and-a-half day Certifying Commission in Medical Management Certification Program.
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Gain CMEs during coursework

All 150 hours of coursework are applicable for CME credit.

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Join more than 2,000 physicians who have been awarded CPE status

Since 1997, more than 100 physicians a year have achieved the CPE certification.

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Stand out to employers and colleagues

The CPE designation after your name stands for achievement, quality, communication and teamwork.

Breakdown and Achievements

150​

Hours of Coursework

116

Core Hours

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ACHIEVEMENT
Certified Physician Executive

34

Elective Hours

56

Self-Study Options

29

Live Course Offerings

Courses in this Program

The curriculum requires 150 hours of coursework in self-study, facilitated or live format classes, and the completion of a three-and-a-half day certification program. Start planning today.

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Who Should Enroll

A great program for any physician leader looking to show employers a distinctive skill set and credential.

Endorsed by the American Association for Physician Leadership®, the CPE is awarded by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management and is becoming the benchmark for CEOs and executive recruiters seeking the most accomplished and influential physician leaders.

The certification tells employers:
You have attained high levels of management education and experience.
You have core competencies in key leadership areas.
You have superior communication skills.
If you are interested in the Certified Physician Executive Program and would like to schedule a 15 minute advising session, we are available to help.

Testimonials

Mark A. Davis, MD, MS, CPE

The CPE Certification program is truly outstanding. CPE presents critical information, at a time of great change in health care, using experts who are content experts and also understand the central importance of modeling strong leadership and communication skills. I highly recommend the program.

​Michael G. Skoch, MD, MMM, CPE

I took the CPE course as a sequel to completion of a Master of Medical Management degree. The CPE experience was a great complement to the degree process. The cohort coaching concept resulted in the development of potentially life-long professional relationships with others as surely as did the master's degree experience. The CPE course is a worthwhile investment.

​M. Joseph Grennan, Jr., MD, CPE

I had been putting off getting the CPE, but when I began a job search, three out of five recruiters asked me if I was a CPE, so I knew it was time to do it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a CPE?

    A Certified Physician Executive is a licensed MD or DO with one year of management experience, 150 hours of tested management education or a management degree and is board certified in a clinical specialty with three years’ experience after residency and fellowship. CPE candidates must pass the three-and-a-half-day Certifying Commission in Medical Management Certification Program.

  • Why should I seek a CPE?

    CPE after your name designates a standard of commitment to quality, communication and excellence in health care. You’ll feel the personal satisfaction of achieving an exclusive pinnacle of professional distinction. And you’ll bring a top skill set to your health care organization.

  • What do I have to do to gain CPE status?

    The credential is awarded by the CCMM based on the candidate’s stature as a physician, educational attainment and medical management experience and completion of the three-and-a-half-day skill-building certification program.

  • What do I need to do to apply?

    Applications are only accepted through the CCMM website. You’ll need to collect electronic versions of your diplomas, transcripts, resume and other documentation. A $150 application fee is required and $3,000 in tuition is due upon approval of your application.

  • Where can I learn more?

    Go to the Certifying Commission in Medical Management’s website, ccmm.org. Call (800) 562-8088 toll free within the United States or (813) 287-2000 outside the United States. You can also email ccmm@physicianleaders.org.