Leadership Training Academy
The application period for the Class of 2016 has closed. The Class of 2017 application will be posted in spring of 2016.
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.
- 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
Who Can Apply
The Leadership Training Academy is open to physicians in any specialty and at various points in their careers. Medical specialties of past fellows include obstetrics/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, with priority considered for those who practice in least-access states, who 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.
Note: Scholarship funds may be available to cover the expenses of one or more applicants.
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 October 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.
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:
Director of Leadership Training Networks
Physicians for Reproductive Health
55 W. 39th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10018