Tulane offers an innovative and action-oriented Advocacy and Leadership Track within its internal medicine residency, linking residents with local and national organizations on the front lines of health systems change. Residents work longitudinally in partnership with local or national organizations to address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.
In addition to a longitudinal campaign commitment, the Advocacy and Leadership track residents will gain leadership skills through individual career planning sessions with one-on-one mentoring, meetings with healthcare leaders, and specific training sessions including planning a campaign strategy, media skills, and writing to effect change. We cover topics including communication, community engagement, legislative advocacy, and nonprofit leadership. Through enhanced opportunities for leadership roles in local and national health advocacy groups, Advocacy and Leadership track physicians will be well prepared for leadership roles in academic medicine, non-profit, government and primary care.
Residents interested in joining the track should evaluate the list core competencies; we expect all residents to complete this portfolio of experiences by graduation. The program will support residents by protecting time for advocacy work during Advocacy Electives during the second two years of residency (eight weeks total), and by making it possible for residents to attend the yearly advocacy skills retreat and legislative retreat, in the fall and spring respectively.
The strength of the track lies in the coalescence of like-minded physicians, creating a community of health activists and leaders with links to a broader community both locally and nationally. Senior participants will have opportunities to mentor new matriculates into the track as well as medical students and volunteers.