A fourth-year medical student and PCP Team Co-Leader reflects on the impact of biases among health care providers during COVID-19.
Student Action Network
Where our mission comes alive
We're proud to boast a national network of nearly two dozen interprofessional healthcare student teams that bring together the thousands of individuals who make up the heart and hands of our work. Our teams — which are typically based on the campuses of academic medical institutions — and PCP Student Action Network is the space where students, trainees, and faculty promote primary care in their communities, advance innovations in care delivery, and advocate for health equity and better access to care. The PCP Student Action Network is where we empower the next generation of providers with the mindset and tools to connect in their relationships — all in service of achieving a more human-centered and equitable healthcare system.
The PCP Student Action Network is designed to offer comprehensive, relational skills required for the next generation of healthcare professionals to excel in today's rapidly changing, team-based healthcare system. We support our student-led teams through a powerful Relational Leadership™ curriculum, with many former PCP Team members remaining active and supporting the network as Facilitators, Trainers, and Coaches in the PCP Leadership Pathway. Through a blend of human skills training and community-building at the annual PCP Leadership Summit and interactive learning throughout the academic year, we’re equipping healthcare students and faculty with the relational skills to build a culture where they feel engaged, fulfilled, and capable of leading from where they stand.
The first step to joining the PCP Student Action Network is creating a team — identifying a core group of 3-8 interprofessional primary care allies from across at least 2-3 disciplines at a range of stages in clinical training, as well as faculty advisors who support your project-based work. Our Team Starter Kit is a great resource to help healthcare students looking for guidance about how to create a team and join the PCP Action Network.
After a team is formed and before the start of the academic year, every PCP Team decides on their action-oriented and longitudinal project and to advance their own initiatives. These projects range from hosting case conferences on interprofessional teaming, advocating for the integration of leadership into their institutions’ curriculum, or creating student-run free clinics that serve the most vulnerable members of their communities. Once an interprofessional student-led team is recruited and they collectively set their mission and vision, every current and prospective PCP Team is required to complete an application to join the PCP Student Action Network.
Applications to join the PCP Student Action Network are open in the Spring of each calendar year. After their application is reviewed and accepted, all Teams attend the annual PCP Leadership Summit to launch their projects and begin to build their individual leadership competencies, connect with one another, and team in service of the change they hope for. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is now closed. Read our FAQs for more information about joining the PCP Student Action Network or email [email protected] about launching a team in your community.
The next generation of health professionals has a critical role to play in transforming our primary care system. That’s why we’re engaging them now — preparing them to transition from the classroom to the clinic with the skills to take better care of their patients, better care of themselves, and lead from where they stand. From our PCP Student Action Network and partner programs, we provide opportunities to learn the comprehensive, relational skills required for the next generation of providers to excel in today's rapidly changing, team-based healthcare system.
Every PCP Team participates in the PCP Leadership Summit, where students and faculty are engaged by PCP’s interactive Relational Leadership™ training. A blend of didactics and experienced-based learning, Summit participants are shown how to build authentic connections and community with other students and faculty in attendance that weekend. As the Summit concludes, each PCP Team launches their project and returns to their communities and institutions, implementing the relational lessons they’ve learned and executing their projects. Throughout the academic year, every PCP Team receives personalized coaching and support from members of the PCP Leadership Pathway and the PCP National Team as their projects transform from concept to reality. We also now offer a Mid-Year and End of Year community events to help teams reflect on project progress and offer further support throughout the year.
For students and faculty, our PCP Student Action Network offers a range of options to learn, experiment, give back, and connect. For Primary Care Progress, our national PCP Student Action Network is where we provide relational learning and training that can’t be found in a traditional academic setting: showing students and faculty how to connect to their teams, their patients, and ultimately, lead the next great transformation in healthcare.
Looking for more ways to get involved? Check out our full list of partner programs.