American Association for Physician Leadership


For Seasoned Leaders
in Healthcare

The Vanguard Program is designed to provide high-level programming and networking to match seasoned physician leaders’ sophisticated degree of experience in leadership, education, achievement, and dedication to improving the industry.

2024 Fall Institute Vanguard Meeting

This Vanguard Meeting will be held as an in-person event on Thursday, October 24, 2024, 9:15 am – 5:30 pm at the 2024 AAPL Fall Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. Enhance your understanding and engage via panels, cases, peer presentations, and exercises covering the critical topics physician leadership is faced with every day.
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A focus on giving back through leadership, mentorship, and knowledge sharing.

A member of the Vanguard group for the American Association for Physician Leadership signifies a physician leader, that is a member of the association, has attained the Certified Physician Executive credential or other advance medical management degrees in addition to demonstrating a commitment to physician leadership through membership, tenure, and experience.

Vanguard Programming

Here are the events and ways for Vanguard program members to participate:

  • Annual Vanguard Meetings: Live and in-person events with your peers
  • Virtual Vanguard Sessions: Online, interactive, engaging sessions with pre-work, case studies, and breakout sessions with peers.
  • Additional meetings as announced to the Vanguard community

How do I participate in the Vanguard Program?

Start by earning your certification in medical management by receiving your CPE credential. This certification is awarded based on your stature as a physician, educational achievements, medical management experience and completion of a multi-day, skill-building capstone event administered by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. This also is the way to become a Fellow of the association. Once you have your CPE credential, you must also be an active Member of the American Association for Physician Leaders.

Get ahead and give back with Vanguard

Live Events


Custom education and networking opportunities are available at the association’s live events. These are invitation-only events where physician participants can network with other top physician leaders and address current trends and challenges in the healthcare marketplace.

Give Back


Vanguard members serve on review panels, analyze, and abstract topical discussions, write articles for the association’s publications, and represent it at events with the media. Comprising the upper echelon of medical leaders, their counsel is sought by the association’s board of directors and they help guide its future.

Network Online

Private Community

A private online network is available for Vanguard members to share and discuss current medical management issues.

Get Ahead

Career Advancement

The latest career-advancement opportunities are made available to vanguard members, as are coaching for writing and presentations, and preparation to become full-time or part-time consultants.
Vanguard program

Eligibility Form

If you would like to check or confirm your eligibility to participate in the Vanguard program, and have already earned your CPE credential, please submit your inquiry. A staff member from the association will review your submission promptly (usually within two business days).

We encourage all physician leaders to proactively manage their dashboard profile in order to keep your education history, professional affiliations, and contact information up to date.
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For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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American Association for Physician Leadership®

formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)