American College of Physician Executives changes name

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The American College of Physician Executives is becoming the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Along with the name change, the association is broadening the scope of its programs, products and services to "more fully support the physician workforce across the entire career span, from medical students to those in later career stages."

This is not the first time this organization, with more than four decades of history, has changed its name. It started in the mid-1970s as the American Academy of Medical Directors and was renamed to ACPE after the term "physician executive" was coined.

According to the association, the term "association" is more appropriate than "college" as the organization offers a wider scope of leadership programs, products and services.

"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, chair of the board of directors for the association. "We are highly confident the diversification strategy is the right step to help our organization reach the next level of development as we continue building its core strengths."

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