With this new identity comes an expanded mission
The organization has moved well beyond its history as a focused education provider and now serves as a highly regarded resource not only for physicians in a variety of professional roles, but also for health care organizations and systems, cross-functional health care teams, public policy makers and the overall population of patients. Changing the name from a “college” to an “association” better reflects the expanded scope of leadership programs, products and services that the organization offers.
It’s not the first time the organization has changed its name to better serve the industry. It began in the mid-1970s as the American Academy of Medical Directors. Then, soon after the term “physician executive” was coined, the organization became the American College of Physician Executives.
We thank previous CEOs, dedicated ACPE board members, exceptional faculty and the many staff members who contributed to the early success and growth of the organization. Without those efforts, the organization would not be in the position it’s in today — poised to build from the past and accelerate into the future.
The name change and program expansion come after more than a year of extensive independent research and robust inputs from physicians throughout the country. The results showed that while nearly all physicians consider themselves to be leaders, they did not necessarily consider themselves to be executives. This information built upon the intense level of change that has been under way with the organization for the past two years.
“We were pleased to reaffirm that our organization is well-positioned for the marketplace, and I believe our research clearly shows this fresh approach will help consolidate us even further,” said Mark Werner, MD, CPE, FACPE, chair of the board of directors. “We are highly confident the diversification strategy is the right step to help our organization reach its next level of development as we continue building its core strengths.”