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.
The Primary Care Leadership Program provides future healthcare professionals an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the United States. The program is open to medical students and graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students who are poised to become leaders in primary care.
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.
- programming in Boston and the Gateway Cities, Mass., will focus on substance-use disorders (SUD), behavioral health integration and combatting the opioid crisis;
- programming in Chicago and Houston will focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and on culturally competent care for patients living with or at risk of contracting HIV; and
- programming in Los Angeles will be site-partner specific and generalized to primary care in CHC settings.
Deadline is Feb. 6, 2022. NMF is offering an early decision admittance with an application deadline of Dec. 31. Please see the NMF Primary Care Leadership Program website for details and the application.
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 a student underrepresented in medicine and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged student (NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented in medicine: African American, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American [including American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian], Asian American [Vietnamese and Cambodian only], and Pacific Islander);
- demonstrated leadership early in career commitment to serving medically underserved communities.