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





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