Leadership Training Academy
Purpose of the Academy
The Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy prepares physicians to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health advocacy. Through an intensive program, the Academy helps its Fellows develop and internalize the skills and attributes they need to be powerful, effective advocates for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.
Physicians for Reproductive Health founded the Leadership Training Academy to foster future generations of self-directed physician leaders who will work throughout their careers to protect and advance comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care. Physicians for Reproductive Health have been helping doctors become physician-advocates since 1992. Our Leadership Training program, which began in 2003, has graduated twelve classes of doctors equipped to advance sexual and reproductive health care in their home institutions and beyond.
The Leadership Training Academy Class of 2017 will include 40 physicians from around the country and across specialties who share a desire to advance access to abortion care and contraception, and improve reproductive health services for women, families, and communities. The Academy offers skills-building workshops, hands-on advocacy experiences, and networking opportunities that will provide promising physician leaders with guidance and resources for professional and personal leadership development. This class will mark the 13th year of Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training programs.
The program is designed to cultivate and support physicians in their efforts to become self-directed, effective advocates for sexual and reproductive health care via firsthand advocacy experience…Visits with lawmakers in state capitals and Washington, DC…In-person sessions and webinars…Opportunities to improve medical education and share best practices in reproductive and sexual health care with peers…On-camera media trainings…Chances to educate the public about abortion, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and other aspects of sexual and reproductive health…Collaboration with physicians around the country and across specialties…Opportunities to build and strengthen coalitions between organizations…Guidance from experts in medicine, advocacy, leadership, and communications
CME: 61.5 American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits will be earned upon completion of the Academy program.
During the nine-month program, Academy Fellows will be required to:
- Participate in three in-person trainings.
- Participate in six 90-minute webinars which focus on the historical struggle to expand reproductive health care in the United States, and present policy and physician experts on current issues affecting reproductive health service integration and delivery.
- Participate throughout the year in advocacy activities facilitated by Physicians for Reproductive Health or coalition partners in media, communications, policy, and medical education.
Eligibility and Selection Process
The Leadership Training Academy is open to physicians in any specialty who have completed a residency. Medical specialties of past fellows include Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, among others. The Academy is open to:
- Physicians entering the final year of the Fellowship in Family Planning (FPF), the TEACH Leadership Fellowship or RHAP Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship, FPF alumni, or Directors of Ryan Residency Programs. The Academy program, including travel and lodging expenses, is available at no cost to current participants of the Fellowship in Family Planning, TEACH or RHAP fellowships, FPF alumni, and Ryan Residency directors through funds from a categorical grant.
- Practicing physicians in any specialty who have completed a residency, with priority considered for those who practice in least-access states, and are able to cover their own travel and lodging expenses. These physicians are required to pay a $500 registration fee, which includes training materials and most meals.
Applications for the Class of 2017 are now closed.
Please check back next year for information on applications for the Class of 2018.
For more information, or questions, please contact:
Libby Benedict, Director, Leadership Training Academy
Physicians for Reproductive Health
55 W. 39th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10018