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 seventh year, PCLP provides future healthcare professionals with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers 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.

2018 PCLP Site Partners are located in the Massachusetts cities of Boston, Chelsea, Lowell, Lynn, and Salem; the California cities of Los Angeles and Oakland, Chicago IL, and Houston TX. PCLP Scholars will actively engage in leadership training, team-based project activities, and healthcare service delivery. 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. PCLP Scholars in Massachusetts will complete their program requirements from June 4 – July 13, 2018. Scholars in California, Illinois, and Texas will complete their program requirements from June 18 – July 27, 2018.

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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, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.

Program Requirements

Scholars complete their program requirements during a six week period during June and July 2018. Program requirements include:

  • Program Orientation
  • 200 service-learning hours at assigned 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
  • Program Assessment