About the workshop

About the workshop


The Johns Hopkins Leaders for Enabling Access to Pharmaceuticals (LEAP) Workshop is a two-day workshop dedicated to training the next generation of leaders across the United States and preparing them to advocate for the public’s interest. Hosted by the IDEA (Innovation+Design Enabling Access) Initiative, led by Anthony So, MD, MPA, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, this workshop is co-sponsored by the American Medical Student Association and open to students, residents, and fellows across all schools with a strong interest in public health and a desire to learn more about the field of Access to Medicines. During this workshop, students will have a chance to hear from and meet with experts working on the front-lines of the field of Access to Medicines.

This year’s two-day workshop will take place at the Public Citizen headquarters in Washington, DC between Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd, and will feature panels on a number of topics, including innovation and access to health technologies, drug pricing, R&D transparency, and advocacy tools, as well as investigative tools. This workshop will be an opportunity for students to meet others with shared interests while also building a network of students and professionals in the field of access to medicines. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging accommodations to attend the workshop. However, breakfast and lunch will be provided during both days of the two-day workshop.

The deadline for receiving applications is October 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Prateek Sharma at psharm32@jhu.edu or Joshua Woo at jwoo25@jhu.edu


Eligibility Criteria

Applications to the 2019 LEAP workshop are open to all undergraduate and graduate students at accredited universities and colleges and health professional schools. We will also consider applications from those still in medical, nursing, pharmacy, or other health professional training programs (e.g., residents in family medicine or fellows in oncology).


Key Dates

LEAP Workshop application due: October 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM

LEAP Workshop: November 1-2, 2019


The Venue

Public Citizen Headquarters

1600 20th St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

The venue is about a 1 hour MARC train ride from Baltimore, MD (catch the 8:25 MARC train from Baltimore on Friday, November 1st to arrive by 9:30 in Washington, DC).


The IDEA (Innovation + Design Enabling Access) Initiative based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks to foster innovation and the design of new technologies for greater health access and impact through a combination of research, policy work, and training. It also collaborates with a variety of initiatives across Johns Hopkins University and beyond.

To learn more about our Initiative, visit this post by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a student-led, national association that exists to cultivate, inspire and inform medical students. AMSA sees opportunities to reshape medicine as future physicians and envisions a world where health care is accessible, medicine is affordable and systems support the diversity seen all around us. Consisting of about 30,000 active members across the globe, AMSA is seventy years strong.

To learn more about AMSA, visit here.

Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. They have defended democracy, resisted corporate power, and worked to ensure that government works for the people - not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, Public Citizen now has 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

To learn more about Public Citizen, visit here.