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The Leadership in Health Policy Program (LEAHP) is dedicated to cultivating a cadre of skilled health policy advocates, leaders, and educators. Participants will play an active role in forwarding the SGIM’s policy goals and enhancing its impact on national health policy. As a LEAHP participant, you'll be at the forefront of shaping SGIM's health policy endeavors and expanding its national reach.

Who Should apply

  • Senior Residents or Fellows
  • Junior Faculty
  • Professionals at all career stages

Note: All applicants must be or become SGIM members upon program acceptance.

SGIM continues its journey to becoming an anti-racist society committed to promoting and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a strategic priority. A diverse panel of reviewers will give all applicants equal consideration.

Program Highlights

Mentorship: Engage with mentors who will be your guides in a year-long journey of learning and professional growth.

Capstone Projects: Collaborate on pivotal projects, creating meaningful contributions to health policy and SGIM's mission.

Advocacy in Action: Get real-world experience in advocacy that resonates beyond the classroom.

Collaborative Learning: Benefit from a curriculum that includes independent study, group work, and online discussions to fit your busy schedule.

Important Dates

September 15, 2023
Online application opens

November 20, 2023
Deadline for application

January 19, 2024
Notification of acceptance

February 29, 2024
Program agreement due

Program Fees

Program Fee: $1,100

The LEAHP program is very supportive; my mentor guided me through the Capstone project & gave me tips on integrating health policy work in my career. As an alumni, I feel the LEAHP program is my health policy home, where I can get guidance & find clinicians of similar interests to collaborate on projects with.

-Annie Syed, MD, LEAHP Graduate

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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 associated with 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 to an additional essay question.

Leahp faculty

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Mark Schwartz, MD

LEAHP Program Director
New York University School of Medicine
Professor and Vice Chair
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Tracey Henry, MD, MPH, MS

LEAHP Associate Program Director
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
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