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"As a busy clinician in a high-risk clinic, I found it difficult to familiarize myself with the intricacies of our healthcare system and inner government workings until I joined the LEAHP program. As a LEAHP fellow, I have developed a health policy lens through which I have a deeper appreciation and understanding of how policy is created and implemented. The virtual webinars are efficiently run, easy to access and thus well suited for busy clinicians.

- "Sire Sow, MD, LEAHP Graduate

The LEAHP Program supports the career development of selected SGIM members with goals:

  • To develop SGIM members who are effective and active health policy advocates and local health policy experts, leaders, and teachers; and
  • To develop an expanding national cadre of SGIM members contributing to the Society’s health policy efforts.

The targeted learners (scholars) for this program are members of SGIM at an associate (senior residents or fellows) or junior faculty level, with no prior health policy experience necessary. Non-members, mid-career, and senior members are also welcome to apply; however, all LEAHP scholars must be SGIM members at the time of program acceptance.

LEAHP mentors work with scholars to guide their independent learning and career development and mentor their work on at least two Capstone projects during the year, often in collaboration with other LEAHP scholars. Scholars participate in at least one advocacy experience and participate in independent, group, and online study during the year between meetings.

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SGIM continues its journey to becoming an anti-racist society that is committed to promoting and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a strategic priority. All applicants will be given equal consideration by a diverse panel of reviewers.

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LEAHP 2024 Deadline Extended!

SGIM's application period for the Leadership in Health Policy Program for the 2024-2025 cadre is accepting applications September 15 -December 15, 2023.

Participants will be chosen via a competitive application process. The LEAHP fee for the 2024-2025 program is $1100 for SGIM members (plus registration and travel fees for two annual meetings).  These fees may be paid over the course of the scholarship year 

Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on December 15, 2023.

John Goodson Leadership in Health Policy Scholarship

New for 2024: Apply for the inaugural John Goodson Leadership in Health Policy Scholarship. This scholarship is available for one incoming LEAHP Scholar who is working in the field of clinical practice/payment reform. It honors John D. Goodson, MD, and his decades-long contributions to SGIM advocacy for the clinical practice of general internal medicine.

An award of up to $5000 is available for the inaugural Goodson LEAHP Scholar. Each award will cover materials related to the LEAHP program at the recipient’s discretion, which may include expenses related to completing a capstone project, or other program expenses.

Application for this scholarship is done alongside an application for the LEAHP program and requires a response of an additional essay question.

LEAHP Leadership

Mark D. Schwartz, MD, Program Director
Tracey L. Henry, MD, Associate Program Directro