Advocacy, Community Engagement, Quality Improvement, Leadership Academy (ACQILA)

The Advocacy, Community Engagement, Quality Improvement and Leadership Academy (ACQILA) is two-quarter of didactic content and one year of clinical experiences. It is an interprofessional academy, completed in collaboration with the UCSF Family Medicine Residency at the Family Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital. It is designed to help students develop skills to serve as collaborators, leaders and change agents across a range of settings. The goal of the didactic is to develop these skills and successfully complete a community engagement intervention or small test of change project in an actual clinical site or agency. The didactic content will be delivered via lectures, site visits, and through online modules in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School website. The clinical component occurs in the Family Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Both components of the concentration also aim to meet a subset of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies in multiple domains.

This concentration is limited to Family Nurse Practitioner students.


Course Schedule Units
N234.02A Advocacy, Community Engagement, QI & Leadership Part I  Spring quarter 1.5 units
N234.02B Advocacy, Community Engagement, QI & Leadership Part II Fall and summer quarters 1.5 units
N415.10A Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency Fall, winter and spring quarters 1.5 units

Process for Applying to the Concentration

The application form will be posted in January. To apply, complete the form. Please note that this concentration is open only to students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. An email from the student's advisor confirming knowledge of participation and verification of the student's good academic standing is also required.

Contact Us

Coordinator: Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP