Longitudinal advocacy training for medical students: a virtual workshop series


  • Courtney Hardy University of Toronto
  • Mary Ellene Boulos McMaster University
  • Sehjal Bhargava University of Saskatchewan
  • Liam A Cooper-Brown McGill University
  • Montana Hackett Western University
  • Jessica Hearn Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Elizabeth Rowe Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Justin Shapiro University of Toronto
  • Jason Speidel University of British Columbia
  • Amelia Srajer University of Calgary
  • Shazeen Suleman Unity Health Toronto




Implication Statement

Advocacy curricula in Canadian medical schools vary significantly. Expert-led, interactive workshops can effectively teach students how to address social determinants of health and advocate for patients. The Longitudinal Advocacy Training Series (LATS) is a free-of-charge, virtual program providing advocacy training created for Canadian medical students by students. The program was straightforward to implement and had high participation rates with 1140 participants representing 9.7% of enrolled Canadian medical students. As well, the program had high satisfaction reported by 87.6% of participants. The LATS toolkit enables health professional programs to develop similar programs for empowering effective health advocates.




How to Cite

Hardy C, Boulos ME, Bhargava S, Cooper-Brown LA, Hackett M, Hearn J, Rowe E, Shapiro J, Speidel J, Srajer A, Suleman S. Longitudinal advocacy training for medical students: a virtual workshop series. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2022 Apr. 16 [cited 2022 Aug. 19];13(3):67-9. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/73640