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. This program is open to medical students and graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students who are poised to become leaders in primary care.

In 2019, PCLP Site Partners were 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 actively engage with a CHC Site Partner and PCLP mentors in leadership training, team-based project activities, and healthcare service delivery. 2019 programming in Boston and the Gateway Cities, MA was focused on substance use disorders (SUD), behavioral health integration, and combatting the opioid crisis. Programming in Chicago IL and Houston TX was focused on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and culturally competent care for patients living with or at risk of contracting HIV. Programming in California was Site Partner-specific and generalized to primary care in CHC settings.

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

The application for the 2020 NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) will open in November, 2019. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at pclpinfo@nmfonline.org.

Applicant Resources

A flyer with general information about the 2019 program is available here. (Please note that this information reflects program data as of December 2018.) 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: cmclellan@nmfonline.org, 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, 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