The Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy prepares physicians to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health care advocacy by helping them develop and internalize the skills they need to be powerful, effective advocates for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

The program runs between October and June, with three required in-person trainings.

Applications for 2019 will be available on May 1. Please check back here for more information.

Program Highlights

The Leadership Training Academy is perfect for physicians who want:

As a fellow, you'll receive expert instruction in on-camera media training and writing for different platforms. You'll fight for timely policy action by visiting legislators on Capitol Hill and in your home state. You'll also collaborate with allied organizations advancing access to abortion, contraception, and sexual health services.

Our goal is to help you better understand yourself as a leader at your institution. We'll teach you how to solve complex problems and communicate solutions in a compelling way. We'll also share resources to feel safe as an out and proud provider or ally.

Expand your community of reproductive health advocates by getting to know a cohort of more than 40 physicians who are passionate advocates for comprehensive care and join a network of nearly 300 program alumni. You'll also gain a career-long team of supporters as Physicians' staff support you through media and policy advocacy opportunities.

Program Details

Program Information

Our 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.

In-Person Trainings
During the nine-month program (October 2017 – June 2018), Academy Fellows will be required to participate in three in-person trainings.

  1. Sunday evening, October 22 to Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC Monday evening
  2. Monday, February 26 to Friday, March 2, 2018 in New York, NY
  3. Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT

Fellows will also 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.

Advocacy Opportunities
Throughout the year, fellows will participate in advocacy activities facilitated by Physicians for Reproductive Health or coalition partners in media, communications, policy, and medical education.

Please note: CME credits via the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits will be earned upon completion of the Academy program.

Eligibility & Selection Process

The Academy program is open to practicing physicians of any specialty who have completed residency, with priority consideration for those who:

  • Are ready and willing to be vocal and visible advocates for abortion
  • Practice in least-access states (regions with extreme shortages of abortion providers and/or hostile policy environments towards abortion and reproductive health)
  • Bring the perspectives and experience of individuals underrepresented within the medical community, especially physicians of color and LGBTQ-identified physicians
  • Practice in medical specialties underrepresented within the reproductive health, rights, and justice communities

Application Requirements & Submission Details

Applications for 2019 will be available on May 1.

Your application must include:

  • Completed online application.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two (2) letters of reference. The letters should speak to the applicant’s leadership skills, work ethic, and commitment to the advancement of comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care.

Once completed applications are received, qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone interview.

Please note: Admission and funding decisions will be made after the initial application and interview process, and therefore all applicants should consider that they may be asked to cover their own participation expenses. If these costs would create a barrier to participation, we encourage applicants to apply for scholarship support.

Program Impact