Mentorship Program

For Medical Students and Pediatric Residents


The VA-AAP mentorship program provides opportunities for medical students and residents to link up with a state leader in pediatrics to seek career guidance, learn to advocate for a cause, engage on issues you are passionate about, and surround yourself with people who have the same passion about the health of children.  The time committment is as little or as much as you want.


The Virginia Chapter offers a Child Advocacy Certificate for medical students and residents who complete and document certain advocacy experiences over the course of one year.  This includes:  

  1. View the "Meeting With Your Legislator” Video
  2. Complete ONE of the following exercises:  1) General Assembly Day, 2) Meeting with your Legislator at home, or 3) Federal Legislative Advocacy Training

  3. Complete TWO additional learning or reading exercises contained in the Community Health Activities section below

  4. Serve on one of the committees of the Virginia Chapter for one year

Community Health & Advocacy Activities

History of Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Abraham Jacobi, MD: The Man and His Legacy, Burke EC. – Website

The Origin and Significance of the Academy’s Della Robbia Insignia, Beaven PW. – Website

Social Determinants of Child Health Influence of Multiple Social Risks on Children’s Health Larson K, Russ SA, Crall JJ, et al. –  Website​​​​​​​

Revisiting the Social History for Child Health Kenyon C, Sandel M, Silverstein M, et al. – Website

Improving the Management of Family Psychosocial Problems at Low-Income Children’s Well-Child Care Visits: The WE CARE Project Garg A, Butz AM, Dworkin PH, et al. Website


Legislative Advocacy “Meeting With Your Legislator” Video (6:44)


Tips for a Successful Legislative Visit Legislative Resources AAP State Government Affairs – Website


AAP Office of Federal Affairs – Website


Community Advocacy Projects CATCH Grants – Website


Medical Home The Medical Home: Health Care Access and Impact for Children and Youth in the United States, Strickland BB, Jones JR, Ghandour RM, Kogan MD, Newacheck PW.  Pediatrics 2011;237:605-611  Website


The Medical Home Policy Statement, Pediatrics 2008;122:450 – Website


Care Coordination in the Medical Home: Integrating Health and Related Systems of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Council on Children with Disablities, Pediatrics 2005;116:1238-1244 –  Website


Medical-Legal Partnerships for Children Why Pediatricians Need Lawyers to Keep Children Healthy Zuckerman B, Sandel M, Smith L, et al. –  Website

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