The UCLA Pediatric Residency Program is committed to training pediatricians who are advocates for children and their families. In addition to the opportunity to participate in the legislative advocacy block during the primary care/public health track, residents are also invited to join the pediatric advocacy council.

UCLA Pediatrics Advocacy Council (UCLA PAC)


Established in 2019, the UCLA Pediatrics Advocacy Council (UCLA PAC) is a coalition of pediatric residents passionate about advocacy and children’s health issues.


  • To help residents develop the habits, confidence and skills needed to advocate for children and families on both a micro and macroscale
  • To provide a community for residents where they feel supported and inspired in order to carry out advocacy action items
  • To connect residents with faculty mentors who exemplify how to incorporate advocacy into a career in pediatrics

2020-2021 Details & Events:

This year, the PAC members are subdivided into five “advocacy firms” and paired with two faculty mentors with various levels of expertise in advocacy. Each firm is tasked with organizing 1-2 noon conference lectures and an additional advocacy event per year.

  • The noon conferences, titled “Take Action Tuesdays”, consist of hour-long sessions that include an educational component, followed by an immediate “call to action” that is completed as a group.
  • The after-hour advocacy events have taken place virtually during the pandemic, where residents lead journal clubs and round table discussions themed around advocacy topics of interest.