Director:Dr. Annie L. Andrews MD, MSCR


“It is not enough, however, to work at the individual bedside in the hospital. In the near or dim future, the pediatrician is to sit in and control school boards, health departments, and legislatures.”

- Abraham Jacobi



This curriculum will improve the advocacy exposure and experience for all MUSC pediatric residents, expand advocacy offerings for residents with a particular focus/interest in advocacy, and improve MUSC Department of Pediatrics’ engagement with the community.



To provide a comprehensive advocacy curriculum for pediatric residents to ensure that graduating residents:

  1.  are knowledgeable in core advocacy topics
  2.  participate in community level and patient level advocacy during residency
  3.  appreciate the importance of advocacy in pediatrics and
  4.  are comfortable in their role as child advocates

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Core Elements of the Advocacy Curriculum:

  • Lecture Series: Use summer grand rounds slots to offer advocacy focused lecture series
  • Community Orientation Day: This full day experience will be the introduction to our advocacy experience. Themes will continue to be social determinants of health, educational disparities, cultural differences/language barriers, poverty, racism, equality/equity/justice and exposure to violence.
  • Voter Registration: Residents/students will volunteer to staff voter registration tables during lunch hours in horseshoe
  • AAP Advocacy Day: Coordinated effort to get each Pediatrics resident to attend this day once in their residency. Will send residents who are on electives each year, plus AAP representatives from each class. 3rd year AAP representatives will help organize preparation session, travel day of and debrief.
  • Advocacy Checklist: Similar to a procedure checklist, this longitudinal tracking tool will allow the program and resident to monitor engagement in advocacy activities.
  • Formalized Role for AAP Reps: Will develop description of role/expectations and yearly duties as well as benefits.
  • Community Service Opportunities: Improve communication surrounding opportunities to serve the community

2020 Lecture Series:

  • "Introduction to the Advocacy Curriculum", Dr. Annie Andrews
  • "Implicit Bias", Anton Gunn MUSC’s Chief Diversity Officer & Executive Director of Community Health Innovation
  • "Physician Advocacy and Community Partnerships", Dr. Deborah Bowlby, Division Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • "Understanding the State Legislative Process", Maggie Cash, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at MUSC Children’s Health
  • "Understanding the AAP", Dr. Elizabeth Mack, Division Chief, Pediatric Critical Care and Chair, AAP Section on Critical Care, Vice President-elect South Carolina AAP
  • "Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for Pediatric Health Care Providers", Lia Gil, Amy Nguyen and Gwen Bouchie from Darkness to Light and Dr. Colleen Bressler, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Child Abuse Physician
  • "The Federal Legislative Process and how to engage with your Elected Representatives", Representative Joe Cunningham

Becoming a Physician Advocate by Dr. Annie Andrews