Leadership Training Academy

Leadership Training Academy Fellows

The application period for the Class of 2015 is now closed. 

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 reproductive and sexual health care.

Academy Highlights
  • 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 contraception, abortion, STIs, 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
Leadership Training Academy FellowWho Can Apply

The Leadership Training Academy is open to:

  1. Physicians entering the second year of a Fellowship in Family Planning (FPF), those in their first year of a Fellowship if they already have an MPH degree and prior approval from their direct supervisor, alumni of the Family Planning Fellowship, and directors of Ryan Residency Programs. The Academy program, including travel and lodging expenses, is available at no cost to current participants or alumni of the Family Planning Fellowship, and to Ryan Residency Directors through funds from a categorical grant.
  2. Practicing physicians or participants in fellowships other than Family Planning who are able to cover their own travel and lodging; the grant does not cover these expenses for this group of physicians. Also, these physicians are required to pay a $500 registration fee (includes training materials and meals.)

Note: Scholarship funds may be available to cover the expenses of one or more applicants who are not Family Planning Fellows.

In addition to meeting the requirements above, applicants should have already demonstrated great potential as leaders and worked to improve reproductive and sexual health care. Further, applicants should be ready, willing, and able to be confident, visible, and tenacious ambassadors for reproductive and sexual health.

Space in the Leadership Training Academy is limited. The program runs annually from September through June.


Physicians for Reproductive Health founded the Leadership Training Academy to foster future generations of self-driven physician leaders who will work throughout their careers to defend and advance comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care.

Leadership Training Academy Class of 2011

Physicians for Reproductive Health has been helping doctors become physician-advocates since its inception in 1992. Formalized in 2003, our leadership training program has graduated nine classes of doctors equipped to advance reproductive and sexual health care in their home institutions and beyond.


If you have questions about the Leadership Training Academy, please contact:

Libby Benedict
Director of Leadership Training Networks
Physicians for Reproductive Health
55 W. 39th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10018

Office: 646-649-9923
Cell: 415-990-6502
Email: libby@prh.org

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