Posted: April 2, 2020

Laying the Foundation: A Residency Curriculum That Supports Informed Advocacy by Family Physicians


This article describes a longitudinal curriculum focused on the development of basic advocacy skills for Family Medicine residents at the University of New Mexico. The curriculum includes practical activities in commnunity assessment and engagement, combined with legislative advocacy. This article is part of the October, 2011 Supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, "Patients and Populations: Public Health in Medical Education." The supplement is based on the September 2010 conference of the same name that drew more than 190 medical and public health educators and public health practitioners from the U.S. and Canada. This article is one of six "short papers" in the supplement that highlighted relativey new endeavors that had not been explored in prior publications. Although evaluation data were not available, the activities and resources described in the short papers were thought to be of value to medical educators. Publication of the Supplement was supported by the cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).


Sally Bachofer, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Lily Velarde, PhD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Amy Clithero, MBA, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Learner Audience

Graduate Medical Education (GME)


Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)



Public Health, Population Health, Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Residency Training, Advocacy, Journal Supplement, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention