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. Now entering its eighth year, 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. This program is open to medical students and graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students who are poised to become leaders in primary care.

2019 PCLP Site Partners are located in:

  • Boston, MA, and the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Lynn, Salem, and Worcester, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA and Oakland, CA

For six weeks, PCLP Scholars will actively engage with a CHC Site Partner and PCLP mentors in leadership training, team-based project activities, and healthcare service delivery. Programming in Boston and the Gateway Cities, MA will focus on substance use disorders (SUD), behavioral health integration, and combatting the opioid crisis. Programming in Chicago IL and Houston TX will focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and culturally competent care for patients living with or at risk of contracting HIV. Programming in California is Site Partner-specific and generalized to primary care in CHC settings.

Scholars will each receive a $5,000 scholarship stipend that is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses during the service-learning experience period. Please note that program cities begin and end on different calendar dates:

  • PCLP Scholars in Massachusetts will complete their on-site program requirements from June 3 – July 12, 2019
  • PCLP Scholars in Chicago IL and Houston TX will complete their on-site program requirements from June 10 – July 19, 2019
  • PCLP Scholars in California will complete their on-site program requirements from June 17 – July 26, 2019

The application for the 2019 NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) has closed. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at

Applicant Resources

A flyer with general information about the program is available here. (Please note that this information reflects program data as of December 2018.) You can learn more about the PCLP application and 2019 program by watching our applicant orientation, available online at this link. Please note that viewing the recording may require a WebEx extension.

To view the presentation slides only, please download the PDF available here. If you have questions or concerns, or would like to speak with a PCLP Alumnus about the program, please contact NMF Scholarships & Programs Associate, Colleen McLellan:, or 504.309.7380, ext. 203.

Program Eligibility

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 U.S.
  • Identification as an underrepresented minority student* in healthcare and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged student
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

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

Program Requirements

Scholars complete their program requirements during June and July 2019, including a six-week on-site period. Program requirements include:

  • Program Orientation;
  • 200 service-learning hours at assigned CHC site placement;
  • Leadership Training, including one-on-one interactions with site leadership; attendance at management and other staff meetings; site leadership interviews; and participation in Leadership Seminar Series webinars;
  • PCLP Project, including a project proposal, report, and poster presentation;
  • Clinical Experience; and
  • Program Assessment