Application: Leadership Training Academy Fellowship



Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy: Advancing Physician Leaders in Reproductive Health Care Advocacy

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 and attributes they need to be powerful, effective advocates for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

Applications available now for Class of 2018.

Space is limited. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 2, 2017.

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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 thirteen cohorts of doctors equipped to advance sexual and reproductive health care in their home institutions and beyond.

Program Information

The Leadership Training Academy Class of 2018 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 fourteenth 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 credits via the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits will be earned upon completion of the Academy program.

During the nine-month program (October 2017 – June 2018), Academy Fellows will be required to:

  • Participate in three in-person trainings :
    • Sunday evening, October 22 – Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC
    • Monday evening, February 26 – Friday, March 2, 2018 in New York, NY
    • Thursday, May 31, 2018, location TBD
  • 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, TEACH, or RHAP alumni; or 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, TEACH, or RHAP fellowships, 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.

Note: Scholarship funds may be available to cover the expenses of one or more applicants.

Space in the Leadership Training Academy is limited.

Applications will be reviewed in the order received.

Application Requirements

To be considered as a candidate for acceptance in the Leadership Training Academy, you must provide:

  • 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.

Submission Details

The online application can be accessed here.

All application forms must be submitted electronically.

Please note: You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer in order to complete the PDF application. (If you do not have it installed, you can download it for free at Do not use Preview and do not complete use GoogleDocs. We recommend saving the PDF application to your desktop, completing it, and then submitting it using the “submit” button in the upper right hand corner. 

CV and letters of recommendation can be in Word or PDF formats and must be saved as follows:

  • Last Name_First Name CV
  • Last Name_First Name recommendation

DEADLINE for applications is Friday, June 2, 2017.

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

All materials must be submitted to Libby Benedict at

Important Dates

Deadline for applications is Friday, June 2, 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the status of their application via email no later than July 21, 2017.

First in-person training begins Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Program ends with a final Commencement webinar tentatively scheduled for early June, 2018.

For more information, or questions, please contact:

Libby Benedict, Director, Leadership Training Academy
Physicians for Reproductive Health
Cell: 415.990.6502