The Community Health and Advocacy Rotation is based at Boston Medical Center and is incorporated into the Keystone Quarter during the PL-1 year. The curriculum focuses on screening for and addressing social determinants of health, building familiarity with resources in Boston and exploring careers in advocacy at the local, national and global levels. Residents also receive training in legislative advocacy, participate in skill building workshops, and learn through structured community exercises that complement targeted didactic training in topics such as disability services, family law, health insurance, housing, hunger and nutrition, and immigration services. In addition, residents learn to seamlessly incorporate their advocacy skills into their primary care clinic, developmental and behavioral pediatrics clinics, and adolescent clinics during the Keystone Quarter so that advocacy is seen as central to being a pediatrician rather than separate from clinical duties.
For residents with a special interest in this area, elective opportunities at both the local and national levels can be arranged.