The BUATP began in 2005 as a student-led, faculty-mentored free-time elective called “The Spectrum of Physician Advocacy.” Since then, the program has grown into a longitudinal advocacy curriculum for medical and dental students.
Our formal programming includes:
- An annual grand rounds series to spread awareness of the social determinants of health and advocacy among the broader BUSM community
- A longitudinal core curriculum for medical and dental students
- Sponsorship of the annual Boston Student Health Activist Community (BSHAC) Conference each fall
Each year, we participate in other projects and initiatives aligned to current student interests. Some examples include:
- Advocacy for improved access to homeless shelters and addiction treatment facilities after the closure of the Long Island Bridge in 2014
- Potluck dinners to promote conversation about resilience and advocacy during medical training