In 2020 the ACGME required all family medicine residency programs to include advocacy as a required resident milestone, to ensure that all newly trained family physicians can use their voice to speak to the concerns of patient populations and for family medicine as a discipline. In response to this, we created a more robust and immersive longitudinal advocacy curriculum for our residents.
The goals of our 2-year longitudinal advocacy curriculum are:
- Residents should demonstrate knowledge of the professional responsibility to advocate for patients and for the specialty of family medicine.
- Residents should be able to describe how stake holders influence and are affected by health policy at the local, state, and federal level.
- Residents should learn helpful advocacy tools and resources.
Four advocacy symposium events, scheduled on a 2-year rotation, with two symposiums per academic year. Symposium topics to include:
- Patient Advocacy - Health Disparities, Cultural sensitivity, Implicit Bias, Social Determinants of Health, Upstream Medicine
- Congressional/ Community Advocacy – Organized medicine, Legislative contacts and events, Community Outreach
- Continuity of Profession - GME, scope of practice, Future of Family Medicine
- Self-Advocacy - Physician wellness, continuing education, physician reimbursement, physician leadership, career advancement