Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track

Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track

The Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track (ACLT) has been a core part of the Internal Medicine residency program at Duke since 2012. The ACLT is an elective track for second and third year internal medicine residents with an interest in health policy. It does not alter the length or content of residency training. Through collaboration with Duke Government Relations, residents develop and present their own advocacy platform each year, alternating Raleigh, N.C. and Washington, D.C. Residents come together during twelve ambulatory weeks per year which include one half day of dedicated weekly academic seminars, covering:

  • Health policy seminars on topics such as the legislative process, public and private health care payment models, health policy affecting underrepresented populations, and social determinants of health.
  • Resident driven platforms can be viewed here:
  1. Washington, D.C., Virtual Advocacy Platform, 2020
  2. Raleigh, NC, Advocacy Platform, 2019
  3. Washington, D.C. Advocacy Platforms, 2018
  4. Raleigh, NC, Advocacy Platform, 2017
  • Leadership and career planning skills

Each block also includes General Internal Medicine Journal Club, presented by ACLT residents with support from EBM teaching faculty.

The ACLT has evolved significantly since its inception, in response to learner feedback. It is a wonderful opportunity to realize one’s personal impact on the world of health policy. In 2020-2021, the ACLT track includes 9 senior residents, 7 junior residents, and 5 medicine-psychiatry residents. Residents are asked to express interest in the track during the winter of intern year and submit a brief application for consideration. Please contact daniella.zipkin@duke.edu with any questions!