Ambulatory Care Leadership Track

The Ambulatory Care 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 which serves as a foundation for careers in ambulatory general medicine or subspecialties which incorporate a focus on health policy, population health, research, or education. Residents come together during twelve ambulatory weeks per year for dedicated weekly academic seminars, including:

  • Advocacy and health policy seminars given by faculty in government relations and health policy throughout the year, with an advocacy trip in the spring to either Washington, D.C., or Raleigh, NC, alternating years. Residents create a platform based on issues they wish to address as a group and meet directly with lawmakers at the state and national level to present their views. View past advocacy platforms created by ACLT residents: Washington, D.C. Advocacy Platforms, 2018; Raleigh, NC, Advocacy Platform, 2017.
  • Seminars in population health and practice management
  • Curricula in teaching and opportunities to teach as a senior resident

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

We encourage residents to select clinical opportunities during ambulatory blocks which maximize the breadth seen in primary care. Expanded options include: primary care, sports medicine, women’s health, ENT, ophthalmology, dermatology, palliative care, integrative medicine, pain medicine, obesity medicine, as well as all medicine subspecialties

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 worlds of clinical medicine, education, and health policy. In 2017, the ACLT track includes 9 senior residents, 4 junior residents, and 4 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!