Fellowship 

What do you gain from Fellowship?

Fellowship is your next career challenge and is the highest level of distinction you can earn in the medical practice management profession. Join others who are dedicated to making a difference and creating best practices in the healthcare industry.

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Once you achieve ACMPE board certification, you are eligible to become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).Quote from Richard Finn Join your colleagues as a medical practice management thought leader by sharing your expertise and insights with a contribution to the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.

By authoring a professional paper or three case studies, you empower other professionals in the field with rich insights and powerful examples of real-world issues facing today’s group practices.

To ensure that your contribution provides maximum value, the submission process for your topic and manuscript includes review and suggestions from a team of ACMPE Fellows.

What do you gain from Fellowship?

Attaining the Fellow designation means more professional respect and recognition, countless leadership opportunities and an enhanced level of empowerment. Fellow status is the highest level of distinction you can reach in the medical practice management profession, and it is a rewarding journey that will yield great professional and personal growth.

Throughout the process, you will have the support of Association staff, colleagues and those who have already achieved Fellowship to guide you through the program. Valued volunteers such as Fellowship mentors and Professional Papers Committee graders are also available to ensure your success.

2014 Deadlines
May 16, 2014
– Professional paper or three case study outline(s) (recommended deadline).
Aug. 22, 2014 – Final manuscript deadline.

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To apply to the Fellowship program and work toward obtaining the FACMPE credential, you need to:

Once we have received and verified your application fee and form, we will notify you of your acceptance into the Fellowship program.

Requirements


There comes a time in your career when you are ready to give back and make a substantial contribution beyond the walls of your organization. Pursuing the Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) credential provides the opportunity to challenge yourself in a new way and make your mark on the industry. To attain Fellow status, you will need to write either a professional paper or three case studies.

2014 Deadlines
May 16, 2014
– Professional paper or three case study outline(s) (recommended deadline).
Aug. 22, 2014 – Final manuscript deadline.

Professional Paper

Professional papers must include the objectives and results of an investigation into a healthcare management topic. Here is your chance to dive into a topic about which you are passionate, expand your expertise and provide valuable insights to others in the profession.

How do I start the submission process?
  • First, submit a proposed paper topic and outline to the ACMPE Professional Papers Committee for approval.
  • Once the committee approves your outline, you will submit your professional paper.

Learn more about the submission process.


What type of professional paper may I write?
  • Exploratory: Present a thorough discussion of a management innovation or approach about which you would like to learn more through a comprehensive investigation and discussion of the topic.
  • Historical: Provide a historical presentation of the development and evolution of a healthcare management issue or approach.

Who reviews my professional paper?
  • The ACMPE Professional Papers Committee reviews all Fellowship submissions.

    The committee consists of a chair and grading teams, all of whom are Fellows. In most cases, one three-person grading team reviews your topic, outline and manuscript.

  • At every step in the process, the committee provides thoughtful review and constructive comments to help you improve your work.

View samples of exploratory and historical paper outlines, as well as professional paper manuscript examples.

Case Study

You may also choose to write three case studies that reflect and analyze significant professional experiences. Through these case studies, you will be able to demonstrate your problem-solving approach to management situations you have experienced. Case studies include background information, analysis of the various solutions considered and the approach selected as a final solution. Writing case studies requires good reporting skills but does not require extensive research or a literature review.

How do I start the submission process?
  • For each of your three case studies, submit a proposed topic and outline to the ACMPE Professional Papers Committee for approval.
  • Once the committee approves your outlines, submit your case study manuscripts.

Learn more about the submission process.

Who reviews my case studies?
  • The ACMPE Professional Papers Committee reviews all Fellowship submissions.
  • The committee consists of a chair and grading teams, all of whom are Fellows. In most cases, one three-person grading team reviews your topics, outlines and manuscripts.
  • At every step in the process, the committee provides thoughtful review and constructive comments to help you improve your work.

View samples of case study outlines.

Approval


The ACMPE Certification Commission and the MGMA Board vote monthly to confer and award the FACMPE designation to individuals who have completed the requirements. Once you have completed the Fellowship requirements, your name will be presented to the ACMPE Certification Commission and the MGMA Board. After the vote is final, ACMPE will send official notification of your advancement.

Enjoy the recognition you deserve for attaining Fellowship. Be sure to:
  • Prominently display your framed Fellowship certificate.
  • Include the FACMPE designation after your name in all business correspondence, published articles, speaking engagement materials, etc. Don’t forget to add it to your automatic email signature.
  • Send a news release to local news publications, business groups, associations and community groups to which you and/or your organization belong.
  • Reprint your business cards and résumé, with the FACMPE designation placed after your name. Be sure to use "FACMPE" and not "F.A.C.M.P.E." To further clarify the meaning of FACMPE in a context such as a resume, Fellows are encouraged to add:
    "A Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) has achieved board certification in medical practice management and the highest standards of performance in the field. The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) recognizes an individual’s competence and advancement to Fellow when the individual has passed objective and essay examinations, earned 50 continuing education credit hours, and written an acceptable professional paper or case studies."
  • Incorporate this accomplishment into your next performance evaluation/annual review.
  • Participate in new Fellow recognition activities at the MGMA Annual Conference.

Maintain


Challenge yourself to continue learning best practices by maintaining 50 hours of qualifying continuing education credit, a requirement to maintain your Fellow status. Hours must be earned and submitted every three years, with all members following the same three-year cycle. The current cycle began Jan. 1, 2010, and concludes Dec. 31, 2012.

To qualify, the activity subject matter must be relevant to the ACMPE Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.

For more information, visit our continuing education page.

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