EMRA / ACEP Resident Fellow Health Policy Elective in Washington, DC

Brief Project Background

For several years, the ACEP Public Affairs office in Washington, DC has hosted residents with an interest in healthcare policy and leadership. This experience has provided an opportunity for young physicians to refine their advocacy skills with hands-on experience on Capitol Hill. The development of a formal health policy mini-fellowship program is an extension of these efforts. EMRA and YPS members have requested the construction of an intensive, short-term policy curriculum that will provide meaningful advocacy exposure. A concise, well-structured program will augment current leadership efforts by professional societies like EMRA and ACEP to develop a cadre of energetic, educated physicians capable of pursuing an Emergency Medicine advocacy agenda on state and national levels. 

Program Structure

The approved mini-fellowship provides a four-week in-person experience centered out of ACEP’s Washington, D.C. office. Two fellows will be selected. Fellows will focus their efforts around custom learning objectives consistent with their specific pre-defined areas of interest (lobbying, policy, legislation, regulation, non-governmental organizations, etc). Fellows will be expected to present their work at a national conference and/or in other relevant emergency medicine publication venues. They will receive a midpoint evaluation and an overall evaluation at the conclusion of their experience by program faculty.

The fellowship will be guided by Laura Wooster, MPH, ACEP’s Associate Executive Director of Public Affairs. The fellows will also be expected to work closely under with ACEP staff members at the Washington office. In addition, Dr. Janice Blanchard, MD, MPH. Phil will serve as a faculty mentor for the program. Dr. Blanchard is an assistant professor at the George Washington University’s Department of Emergency Medicine and an adjunct faculty member of the GWU Department of Public Health. The curriculum delves into issues relating to health care access, financing, regulation, health care quality, disparities, public health protection, and critical fields of health care law.


EMRA Residents and Fellows and ACEP Young Physician Section members.  Applicants must be less than 5 years out from their residency training.

The mini-fellowship program will select individuals with a history of leadership and with a clear commitment to health care advocacy. 

Application Process

Candidates must also submit a formal letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of support from a faculty sponsor at their home institution.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will review all applications and select candidates after judging commences. The committee will be comprised of staff members from the ACEP DC Office, the ACEP Young Physicians Section, the ACEP Board of Directors, and the EMRA Board of Directors.


$2,000 travel stipend

Application Deadline

October 6, 2024

Suggested Reading Curriculum

  1. Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook
  2. Thomas Bodenheimer & Kevin Grumbach. Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill Medical, 2004.
  3. Eugene Bardach. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis, Seven Bridges Press, 2000.
  4. Jim Mitchiner, MD - EMTALA Primer

For additional information, please contact the EMRA Director of Health Policy at healthpolicydir@emra.org


Past Recipients

2023 Neha Sikka, MD
2022 Ashley Brittain, MD
2021 Sophia Gorgens, MD
2020 Nishad Rahman, MD
2019 Sachin Santhakumar, MD
2018 Cameron Gettel, MD
2017 Bryn Dekosky, DO
Kayvon Izadpanah, MD

Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook

Published: April, 2023

Health policy plays a critical role in the success of every emergency physician. Be an informed, active advocate for yourself and your patients! EMRA’s Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook, 6th ed., will give you the knowledge and context you need to discuss the policy issues affecting the way you practice medicine. Produced with the help of an educational grant from US Acute Care Solutions, this book offers a clear path to becoming a savvy advocate.

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