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  • We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program.  Continue to the online application.
  • Complete application guidelines and requirements are listed below.  Click here for FAQ for PCLP Applicants.

2013 GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program

 

NMF is now accepting applications for the 2013 GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP).  GE-NMF PCLP provides medical, nursing and physician assistant students a valuable opportunity to examine firsthand primary healthcare in key areas of the US.  This program enhances traditional instruction of future physicians and health professionals by exposing students to the rewards and challenges of working in medically underserved communities.  The overall mission of PCLP is to increase capacity in primary care services across the US by growing a pipeline of healthcare professionals.

The innovative PCLP scholarship provides a summer service-learning opportunity of 200 hours (6-8 weeks) at community health centers (CHCs) in Phoenix AZ, Los Angeles CA, Jackson MS, and Nashville TN.  In 2013, PCLP will expand to four new program cities: Mobile AL, W. Memphis AR/Memphis TN, Orlando FL, and San Antonio TX (NOTE: new program cities are subject to change based on site partner availability).  Scholars actively engage in healthcare services, leadership training and conduct a site-specific independent project.  Scholars are plugged into a broad network of individuals representing national, regional and local medical associations, primary care-related organizations, academic institutions, NMF alumni, and program advisors.

Eligibility Requirements
Application and Selection Criteria
Application Procedure
Selection Process
Number of Awards and Restrictions
Program Requirements
Application Deadline

 

Eligibility Requirements

Scholars must provide proof of US citizenship and be enrolled in an accredited training program located in one of the US 50 states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico for one of these professions:

  • Medicine (current and rising 2nd and 3rd year students)
  • Nursing (Master's and Doctoral level students)
  • Physician Assistant (Master's and Doctoral level students)

Eligible candidates include underrepresented minority students* in healthcare and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged students as measured by a ratio of demonstrated need and high debt.  Ideal candidates will share a passion for improving access to healthcare for medically underserved communities.

Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as evidenced in academic transcripts, faculty evaluations, receipt of special academic or national medical society honors, fellowships, awards; leadership as indicated by active participation in community-based activities or initiation of innovative projects; and potential for distinguished contributions to medicine as indicated by participation in research, publications or unique clerkships.

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

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Application and Selection Criteria

Any student meeting the eligibility requirements above is invited to apply to become a PCLP scholar.  Each completed application must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation that fully explain the candidate's academic and leadership accomplishments, an official academic transcript, financial aid information, curriculum vitae/resume, short biography, and a personal statement responding to questions in which the applicant discusses motivation to serve underserved communities and commitment to primary care or public health.  Applicants should indicate preference of placement location by ranking the top three placement cities with 1 being the first preference.

Applicant must demonstrate and document financial need by submitting complete copies of their parents', spouse and their own most recent 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax forms.  All nontaxable income (e.g., AFDC, ADC, Social Security benefits, etc.) must also be documented by the appropriate agency.  Applicants lacking evidence of taxable or nontaxable income must provide verification of means of support.  Financial need is determined by the student's total resources (including parental and spouse support), education cost, and receipt of other scholarships and grants.

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Application Procedure

The application is contained within the online entry form.  Please complete the entire form and include all uploads and attachments as required.  Applicants must submit information in all required fields or the application will not be formally submitted.  Applicants are required to upload the following documents:

  • Verification of Citizenship: All applicants are required to provide proof of citizenship.  A US birth certificate or a current US passport, a copy of your USCIS certificate of naturalization, or a voter's registration card (accompanied by a picture ID) are acceptable forms of proof of citizenship.
  • Applicant's Tax Return (or W2, 1099 or verification of other income if not filing)
  • Parents' Tax Return (or W2, 1099 or verification of other income if not filing): Applies to dependent students only.
  • Financial Aid Transcript: Please click here for form.
  • Official Letter of Financial Aid Award Offer
  • Documentation of Loan History (current and undergraduate) from the National Student Loan Data System
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Short Biography (800 characters): A sample of the short biography is provided here.
  • Official (current) Professional School Transcript

Applications will also need the support of two letters of recommendation.  Applicants will specify the names and contact information for their recommenders.  Instructions for submission of letters by recommenders are included during the application process.  

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Selection Process

The application must be completed in its entirety before it can be officially submitted online. 

NMF objectively reviews each of the applications based on the candidate's credentials and financial need.  NMF staff conducts the first review of applications and identifies a short list of candidates.  An expert panel evaluates and ranks the candidates on the basis of recommendations, academic achievement, community service record and a personal essay to determine their commitment to the provision of healthcare to medically underserved communities.  A rigorous application process ensures that assistance is provided to applicants with the greatest documented need and strongest commitment to primary care and public health.

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Number of Awards and Restrictions

Scholarships will be awarded to 50 medical students, 6 nursing students, and 6 physician assistant students with a stipend that is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses.  Students are required to find their own housing and to arrange their transportation to the placement city and throughout the externship period.

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Program Requirements

Scholars must complete all program requirements including attendance at the city-based orientation and colloquium, submit academically acceptable program requirements, and participate in all program evaluation activities in order to receive the full scholarship award.  Finally, awardees must commit to providing annual updates to NMF about their progress for five years after their participation in PCLP.

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Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2013.  Applicants will be notified of a final decision in April of selection and placement.  Please do not contact NMF about application status.

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For additional information, please contact:

National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP)
1001 S. Broad Street, Suite 112
New Orleans, LA 70125
Tel: 504.309.7380
Email: pclpinfo@nmfonline.org

NATIONAL MEDICAL FELLOWSHIPS
347 Fifth Avenue, Suite 510, New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212.483.8880 | Fax: 212.483.8897
info@nmfonline.org

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