Fostering Leaders in Advocacy Work

White Coats for Black Lives RallyThe mission of the Social Justice Pathway is to equip trainees to be change agents in our healthcare system and society. Profound social and systemic barriers create health inequities that are a feature of our healthcare system. Healthcare professionals have a unique vantage point to speak to the social, economic, and political factors that influence the care our patients receive. Through our social justice didactic curriculum, community outreach, and mentorship, we believe that residents will better understand the injustices in our healthcare system and society and be better positioned to find their role in providing solutions.

The Social Justice Pathway is designed for residents who aim to be leaders in advocacy work. Beginning in their PGY2 year, residents will participate in a three-pronged curriculum:

  • An immersive didactic course in their PGY2 year
  • Local community outreach and advocacy work
  • A longitudinal research or innovations project

Through community outreach, residents will be exposed to grassroots efforts to confront social injustices that range from health disparities and food insecurity, to prison, immigrant, and LGBTQ health.

Through didactic presentations and skill-training experiences, residents will deepen their understanding of the complex systems that influence healthcare and appreciate how advocacy interventions at various levels can have longstanding effects at the population level. Residents will be encouraged to develop their own identity as physician advocates in ways that fit their unique interests and personal values.

Research and innovation can become an extension of a resident’s identity as an advocate when the work promotes equity, access, and participation for diverse populations. Residents will learn about the needs of the community and will develop practical solutions to respond to those needs. Residents will be paired with a mentor who will provide support and guidance to help with individual or group projects that address local, regional, or national social justice issues.

For more information, please contact:

Lika Targan, MD
Associate Program Director
Division of General Medicine and Primary Care

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