The Student Leadership Committee

The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) grew out of the student group that was instrumental in advocating for the creation of the Center for Primary Care.

The SLC’s purpose is to empower and train HMS students to become leaders in primary care practice, education, research, advocacy, and community engagement. It pursues these goals through monthly leadership trainings and focused projects related to primary care advocacy, education, innovation, and culture at Harvard Medical School and beyond.

Past and current projects include hosting a symposium on health equity, developing a survey tool evaluating the updates in primary care clinical training and exposure in the Harvard Medical School curriculum, nurturing mentorship opportunities in primary care, hosting a TED-talk style event featuring local primary care innovators, and launching a photo journalism project, “Resilient,” which reframed the opioid crisis to focus on the positives of recovery. The SLC sponsors students to attend conferences, conduct research, and travel to other parts of the country to learn about health in diverse settings including rural health and Indian Health Services. The growth of the SLC over the past several years from 12 to 35+ students is a testament to the increasing engagement and excitement about primary care at Harvard Medical School. In alignment with its goal to promote interprofessional solutions to primary care challenges, the SLC has welcomed students from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, with plans of further expansion in the coming year.

View the SLC Annual Report

View blog posts about SLC activities and initiatives at HMS

View student trainings, programs, and events

Contact the SLC
The SLC is a group for anyone who is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration and interested in working with others to transform primary healthcare! While working in small groups, SLC teams develop longitudinal projects and achieve goal-oriented interventions to directly impact the community. If you are interested in the SLC or collaborating with the student members please reach out to the 2019-2020 co-leads.


2021-2022 Center for Primary Care SLC Co-Leads

Milana Bochkur Dratver (HMS) at Milana_BochkurDratver@hms.harvard.edu

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Milana was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Yale University, where she completed a combined BS/MS degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Her passion for primary care developed during her time volunteering at free clinics where she experienced firsthand the significant impact preventative care and longitudinal relationships could have on health outcomes. Milana is now a fourth year medical student at Harvard Medical School and is ecstatic to be an SLC Co-Lead! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and exploring New England.  

Chris Ma (HSDM) at Christopher_Ma@hsdm.harvard.edu

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Chris was born in Arizona and grew up in Cupertino, CA. He attended undergrad at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he majored in Biochemistry and minored in Business Finance. Before coming to dental school, Chris worked in research labs at USC and at the University of Helsinki, in Finland. His connection to and love for primary care started early as a young patient at his mother’s family dentistry practice, where he learned firsthand the value of longitudinal, patient-centered preventive care in promoting health in his community. Chris is now a fourth year dental student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and plans to apply into oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs, with a particular interest in global and pediatric/craniofacial surgery. 

Sarah Ziobro (MGH IHP) at SZIOBRO@MGHIHP.EDU

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Sarah Ziobro is a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner Student at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Her clinical background includes work in women’s health, infectious disease, pain management, and primary care. Previously, she contributed to research on neuroscience at Boston University and preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She aspires to serve as a primary care provider in family medicine with a focus on chronic disease management, education, and patient empowerment. Her clinical interests include community health homes, home health care delivery, low-cost functional medicine interventions as adjuvants for chronic disease management, and healthcare payment models including global capitation.