Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Concentration

The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) is a national interprofessional training opportunity with the major objective of developing leadership expertise among a range of professional disciplines in the area of adolescent health.

Nurse practitioner students who participate are considered “nurse trainees” by the national LEAH program. The Nurse Traineeship runs concurrently with master’s level advanced practice nursing education and includes the summer quarter between the first and second years. Each trainee works with the faculty lead to develop their individualized learning goals. Trainees are integrated into didactic activities offered by the UCSF School of Medicine Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Information Session

A virtual information session was held Nov. 10, 2021 to provide an overview of LEAH and answer questions from students. If you missed it, you can watch the recording (log-in to UCSF system required).


Courses Schedule Units
Adolescent Core course (Pediatrics 180.01) Fall, winter 2 units
Independent Study (N249) Fall, winter, spring, summer 1-6 units
Clinical rotation (N415.10B or course number appropriate to student's program) Fall, winter, spring, summer varies

Process for Applying to the Concentration

Students interested in a traineeship in LEAH should contact Lisa Mihaly, faculty in the FNP specialty who also serves as nurse practitioner faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Applications are accepted during the winter quarter of the first year for master’s students (second year for three-year students).

To apply, master’s students should carefully review the application process below and then complete this application form by March 31, 2023.

The application process includes:

1. An orientation meeting for all interested master’s students.
2. Submission of:

  • A letter of interest including your background and interest in adolescent health and goal statement: what you hope to achieve by participating in this training and your plans related to adolescent health in the future
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • An unofficial copy of the master’s transcript (for current master’s level students)
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation from:
    • The faculty advisor (confirming that you are a student in good academic standing and that it is appropriate for you to take on additional commitments)
    • A co-worker or supervisor at work (current or former employment)
    • Note: After you complete the application form posted above, we will send you a separate link to share with the person filling out your recommendation form/letter.

3. An interview with the Nurse Faculty of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine to be scheduled after application is submitted and reviewed.


  • Completion of the interdisciplinary Adolescent Core Seminar (Peds180 B and C - 2 quarters) ideally prior to beginning the traineeship (Fall and Winter 2022-2023) [Exceptions will be made for students with conflicting program requirements.]
  • Summer quarter registration for didactic and clinical work focused on adolescent health
  • Satisfactory completion of all clinical obligations
  • Satisfactory completion and presentation of an approved project focused on adolescent or young adult health (students can use Project Planning project and/or comprehensive exam topic)
  • Completion of the “resident lecture” series during the summer and/or final academic year
  • Attendance and participation in at least 4 Research or Clinical Seminars and 8 Patient Management Rounds/Topics in Adolescent Health session during the summer and final academic year.
  • Submission of trainee logs of all activities to faculty prior to completing traineeship

Contact Us

Coordinator: Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN, FNP