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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

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. 

​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.

The 2023 LEAHP application process is now closed.  Please check back in fall 2023 for application information on the 2024 cohort.

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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Contact Francine Jetton, Director of Communications & Publications, at


  • January 17, 2023 - all LEAHP applicants notified
  • February 28, 2023 - all LEAHP payments due
  • May 10-13, 2023 - SGIM23 Annual Meeting in Aurora, CO

Contact LEAHP Program Chairs:

Mark D. Schwartz, MD
Thomas Staiger, MD