Primary Care Leadership Collaborative
The Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) was launched in 2017 by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Primary Care Progress (PCP)(www.primarycareprogress.org), and Family Medicine for America’s Health. Its aim is to activate and support medical students and faculty advisors in family medicine student interest groups who are passionate about advancing primary care at their schools and in their communities.
Student groups that participate in the PCLC develop local projects to become change agents in one of two areas of importance to the future of primary care:
- Workforce development and diversity
- Elimination of health disparities and achievement of health equity
Through the collaborative, medical students build Relational Leadership™ skills so they can achieve their project aims. As part of the skill-building process, student groups selected for the PCLC participate in an eight-hour, in-person training session at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, MO. They also receive regular mentoring from family physician coaches and expert consultants.
Every two years, the PCLC accepts applications from interested student group at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in the US. The application cycle for 2019 is currently open.