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Apply Now "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

Application Deadline Extended: December 15, 2022 - 11:59PM ET

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SGIM's Leadership in Health Policy Program (LEAHP) aims to accomplish the following:

  • To develop SGIM members who are effective and active health policy advocates and local health policy experts, leaders, and teachers;
  • To offer health policy career development resources and opportunities to all SGIM members; and
  • To develop an expanding, national cadre of Health Policy Committee (HPC) members and broaden engagement in the Society’s health policy efforts. 

​The LEAHP program is one of the first national health policy career development programs of its kind. As part of a larger effort to expand career development opportunities for SGIM members, LEAHP 2023 is a year-long program (May 2023 - May 2024) focused on federal health policy knowledge and advocacy skills aligned with SGIM’s core missions.

The 2023-2024 LEAHP program will be a hybrid program. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in monthly conference calls (webinars and journal clubs) and will be expected to attend several sessions during the time of the SGIM23 Annual Meeting (May 10-13, 2023 in Aurora, CO). Successful applicants will also be expected to attend the SGIM23 Annual Meeting (May 15-18, 2024 in Boston, MA), one local advocacy experience (time and place of participant’s choosing), and to participate in independent, group and online study during the year between meetings. Members of the LEAHP cohort will complete two capstone projects during the year (i.e. articles, white papers, curriculum development, workshop, etc.) in collaboration with an assigned mentor and/or other LEAHP scholars.

LEAHP's learning objectives include:

  • Knowing the key structures and functions of the US health care system;
  • Understanding the key players and processes in the federal health policy-making; 
  • Ability to critically evaluate healthcare delivery and economic models and to propose needed changes and/or additions;
  • Ability to explain the impact of health care reform on the practice of medicine, education, and research; and
  • Ability to advocate effectively advocacy with policy-makers.

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.

View Past LEAHP Capstone Projects

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  • December 15, 2022 - LEAHP application period closes
  • January 15, 2023 - all LEAHP applicants notified
  • February 28, 2023 - all LEAHP payments due
  • May 10-13, 2023 - SGIM23 Annual Meeting in Aurora, CO

LEAHP 2023 Application Period Now Open

SGIM's aplication period for the Leadership in Health Policy Program for the 2023-2024 cadre is now open.

Participants will be chosen via a competitive application process. The LEAHP fee for the 2023-2024 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 or may be bundled and paid at the time of acceptance to the program (a savings of 15%!).

LEAHP a la Carte total = $3,590 (Full) or $2,020 (Associate)

  • Program Fee: $1,100
  • Membership Fee: Full: $455 per year (2 year) /Associate: $120 per year (2 years)
  • Annual Meeting registration: Full: $790 (2 years) / Associate = $340 per year (2 years)

LEAHP Bundle total (saves 15%): $3,045 (Full) or $1,695 (Associate) due at time of program acceptance

Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on December 15, 2022.

Contact LEAHP Program Chairs:

Mark D. Schwartz, MD
Thomas Staiger, MD