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Certified Medical Director's Code of Conduct


Code of Conduct forms are found within CMD applications for initial certification, recertification, and reinstatement which can be downloaded from the application page of this website.


The American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) is dedicated to the delivery of competent, comprehensive and compassionate medical care to all people residing in post-acute and long-term care settings. To further these goals, all Certified Medical Directors (CMD) shall:


  • commit to the advancement of physician leadership and excellence in medical direction throughout the post-acute and long-term care continuum

  • maintain a commitment to life-long learning in both clinical and management education

  • uphold the ethics of the medical profession in all aspects of the care rendered

  • serve as a model of personal and professional integrity and skills

  • respect the law while recognizing the responsibility to seek changes in the law for the best interests of the people entrusted to their care

  • work diligently with all professional colleagues to create a milieu that fosters the highest attainable degree of care

  • place the competent, compassionate care of all their patients above any financial reward or inducements

  • advocate for all persons who reside in the facility

  • participate in those activities that contribute to an improved community

  • respect the individual’s right to autonomy in decision making

  • strive to strengthen understanding of CMD expertise in the community, in part, through display of the acronym CMD according to the Statement of Use declaration


CMD candidates will be required to sign a statement affirming adherence to the code when submitting their application.

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