Established in 2012, this innovative service-learning program provides students with an opportunity to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice at community health centers (CHC) across the United States. PCLP Site Partners are located in Boston MA and Gateway Cities in MA, Chicago IL, Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, Phoenix AZ, and Seattle WA. GE-NMF PCLP Scholars will actively engage in leadership training, site-directed project activities, and healthcare service delivery.

PCLP 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. Students are required to find their own housing and to arrange transportation to the placement city and throughout the service-learning experience period.

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 2017 (exact dates TBD). 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
  • PCLP Symposium, a two-day Scholar summit
  • Program Assessment

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