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SGIM Leadership in Health Policy (LEAHP) Program

The targeted learners for this program are the members of SGIM at an entry or junior level, with no prior health policy experience necessary. Entrance into the program will be through a competitive application process with an acceptance of approximately 20 individuals per program year. Non-members, mid-career, and senior members are also encouraged to apply.

The 2022-2023 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 SGIM 2022 Annual Meeting (currently scheduled to be held in person, April 6-9, 2022, in Orlando, FL). Successful applicants will also be expected to attend the SGIM 2023 Annual Meeting (May 10-13, 2023 in Aurora, CO), 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.
We encourage applicants to meet with leadership at their institution (e.g. Division Head, Department Chair or Dean) to advise and review their professional goals and to discuss how the LEAHP Program can benefit the applicant and their institution.

How to apply

The application deadline is January 10, 2022. Submit the materials above in the SGIM online portal. (Log in with your SGIM username and password and then search for "LEAHP Program 2022" under "Awards and Competitions". 

There is no cost to apply. Program fees for the 2022-2023 program year are $1000/members and $1400/nonmembers. Notification of acceptance into the program will occur no later than February 14, 2022.

  1. A brief statement of interest in the LEAHP program (limit: one page). In your statement, please address your area of health policy and advocacy interest, your health policy or advocacy experience to date (if any), your personal goals for the program, and your plans regarding how the program will benefit you and your institution;
  2. Your current CV; and
  3. A letter of support from a leader at your institution (e.g. Division Head, Department Chair or Dean). This letter should address:
    a. The rationale for the applicant’s participation in the LEAHP program;
    b. A statement indicating sufficient funding is available to cover the applicant’s cost for application in the program; including LEAHP program fee ($1000 for members/$1400 non-members, payable once the application has been accepted), and travel and registration expenses for two SGIM annual meetings
    c. An agreement to provide protected time for program activity which will include attendance at:
    • Two consecutive SGIM annual meetings
    • Monthly phone calls with a LEAHP program mentor
    • Monthly phone calls with an HPC subcommittee (either research, clinical practice, or education)
    • Bi-monthly webinars with the LEAHP cadre (usually on a Friday afternoon)
    • Bi-monthly journal club conference calls with the LEAHP cadre (usually on a Friday afternoon)

      Contact Francine Jetton, SGIM Director of Communication, with any questions at or 202-887-5150.

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