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Certified Physician Executive

CPE designation indicates that a physician executive has reached a level of excellence in medical management through education, expertise and demonstrated skills to lead health care organizations effectively.

For additional information on the requirements and eligibility for certification in medical management, visit the Certifying Commission on Medical Management website,



Applicants must demonstrate to the Council of Fellows that they meet the criteria and standards to the satisfaction of the council.

Applications open mid-July and are due by Dec. 15 for each class year. A $100 fee applies. Click the button below for more information on how to apply for Fellowship or to view a list of our current Fellows.

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Distinguished Fellowship

Distinguished fellows are fellows who have attained the highest level of distinction as a physician leader through exemplary and enduring contributions to the knowledge and advancement of medical management.

Members cannot apply. Nomination for this the highest recognition bestowed by the association is by peers (fellows and other distinguished fellows).

Council of Fellows

The Council of Fellows is comprised of association fellows and distinguished fellows. Council members review applications for fellowship and make recommendations to the board of directors to grant fellowships. Council members are designated by the board of directors.


Board of Directors

The association's board of directors is comprised of fellows and distinguished fellows who have at least 150 hours of CME through the association and are active in association activities. The nominating committee considers potential candidates for the board of directors in November and recommends to the board nine candidates to stand for election.

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