The resident training program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) provides residents with several opportunities to work in the community, and to develop and practice advocacy skills.

Tier 1: Community Pediatrics & Child Advocacy Rotation

Interns are exposed to a variety of children's services in the community. During this rotation residents are also introduced to basic concepts of physician advocacy and develop skills through participation in a year long community-based advocacy project. Each intern works on a specific part of the advocacy project during his/her month long community advocacy rotation.

Tier 2: Adolescent Medicine and Advocacy Rotation (PGY2)

Residents gain skills in policy and media level advocacy by engaging with LPCH government and media relations officers, and faculty engaged in advocacy activities. During this rotation residents engage in individual advocacy projects where they pick a "hot topic" from a list of adolescent health issues (i.e. teen pregnancy, tobacco prevention, sexually transmitted infections, etc.). Residents engage in policy and media advocacy activities around their hot topic with letter writing, phone calls to legislators and the AAP, letters to the editor, noon conferences, etc.

Tier 3: Stanford Advocacy Track "STAT" (PGY1-PGY3)

Residents with an interest in expanding their advocacy skills and working in the community to develop an independent advocacy project may apply for StAT (Stanford Advocacy Track). The advocacy staff work closely with residents to develop individual child health advocacy projects. During PGY1, residents identify a child advocacy topic of interest, apply for STAT, establish community partnerships, and develop project goals. Residents use PGYs 2 and 3 to implement and evaluate their project. As part of the STAT program, residents will participate in a StAT rotation during PGY2 and receive specialized training in community engagement and advocacy, with protected time to work on their STAT projects. Residents also participate in quarterly StAT meetings and resident-run journal clubs. For more information about STAT program, see the STAT webpage.


All residents can attend the monthly noon Bay Area Pediatric Advocacy lecture series, which covers a variety of child health topics, with implications for local, state, and federal level advocacy.


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Academic Pediatric Association

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