The Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) is a leadership program designed for medical students in family medicine interest groups who are passionate about advancing primary care and improving the health of their communities.
Student teams who are accepted to the PCLC learn how to take their leadership to the next level through skill-building workshops and long-term, team-based coaching support, then use what they learn to design and take action on a community project.
Something is missing from many of today’s leadership approaches: an emphasis on the people involved. But collaboration among people who share common interests and values—regardless of their professional backgrounds or specific goals—is a powerful starting point for change.
Relational Leadership™, a framework that emphasizes creating authentic, meaningful connections through relationship building and community organizing, is at the core of what students learn in the PCLC. Intend Health Strategies, the PCLC's partner organization, specializes in this leadership model and brings valuable expertise to the initiative. Through their support, all medical students and advisors in the PCLC learn essential Relational Leadership™ skills.
Application to join the PCLC is now closed. Every two years, student teams are invited to apply to join the PCLC. The next cycle for applications will open in December 2023.
In 2017, the AAFP, Intend Health Strategies, and Family Medicine for America’s Health launched the PCLC to train medical students involved in family medicine student interest groups to turn their passion for primary care into action. Thirteen student teams from allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and their faculty advisors participated in the collaborative’s two-year pilot with a team of PCP-trained family physician coaches.
The PCLC continues beyond this pilot under the direction of the AAFP, with training support provided by PCP, and coaching services donated by a team of dedicated AAFP members.