In order to increase access to primary care for the underserved, the GE Foundation and National Medical Fellowships founded the Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) in 2012. PCLP provides future healthcare professionals with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the US.

Becton Dickinson (BD) is supporting one (1) scholar during the 2022 Spring Semester in the Virginia, or Washington, DC area, to experience the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in a free and charitable clinic located in Washington, DC. Preference will be given to applicants who are conversationally fluent in Spanish. This program is open to graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students, and medical students in the DC or VA area who are poised to become leaders in primary care.

During the Spring Semester, one BD PCLP Scholar will actively engage with a free and charitable clinic in leadership training, team-based project activities, and healthcare service delivery. 2022 programming will be Site Partner-specific and generalized to primary care in free and charitable clinic settings.

Program will occur over the 2022 Spring Semester tentatively occurring from February – May 2022

NOTE: We are currently planning to implement PCLP as the traditional in-person program in 2022. However, scholar should be prepared to pivot to a virtual program model depending on COVID-19 related conditions.

Scholar will receive a $5,000 scholarship stipend that is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses during the service-learning experience period.

Please read below for more information, and contact us with any questions or concerns at

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Application Timeline

The BD PCLP application will open November 8, 2021 and close December 12, 2021.

Applicant Resources

A flyer with general information about the 2022 program is available for download here. Please note that this information reflects program data as of November 4, 2021 and may be updated during the application cycle.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Program Eligibility

BD PCLP Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited medical school or graduate-level nursing or physician assistant program located in the DC/VA area
  • Identification as a student underrepresented in medicine* and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged student
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

The Free and Charitable Clinic also expects scholar to:

  • Be proficient in Spanish (ideally in medical settings)
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Have a negative Tuberculosis screen in the past year
  • Started the Adult Hep B series or a signed waiver

*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented student in healthcare: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Program Requirements

Scholar will complete their program requirements during 2022 Spring Semester during which they will spend time on-site. Program requirements include:

  • Program Orientation;
  • 200 project hours;
  • Leadership Training including:
    • one-on-one interactions with site leadership;
    • attendance at management and other staff meetings;
    • site leadership interviews;
  • PCLP Project, including a project proposal, report, and poster presentation;
  • Clinical Experience; and
  • Program Assessment

BD PCLP 2022 Application FAQs

I’m having technical issues with my application (logging in, submitting my LORs, uploading documents, etc.). What is the fastest way to get this resolved?

Technical issues happen, but don’t worry our team is here to help throughout the application process. Please contact for assistance.

May I submit my undergraduate unofficial transcript?

Yes. First-year students may submit their most recent complete unofficial transcript.

I’m not familiar with leadership at my new school. May I request a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) from someone else?

Yes. A Letter of Recommendation from academic leadership at a prior institution is acceptable.

My Letter of Recommendation writer needs extra time. Is that all right?

Yes. LOR writers may have up to two additional weeks after the application deadline to submit their materials via SMApply. Thus, you do not need to wait for your recommenders to submit your application.

My recommenders are having trouble locating the email to submit my LOR. How can I resolve this issue and make sure they are able to submit my LOR?

This issue is very common as institutions have strong firewalls that block emails from our application system. First, have them check their spam and junk folders. If your recommenders did not receive their notifications, please have them email their letters directly to