Empowering students to become primary care leaders

SLC members gathered for a group photo

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.

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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.

2023-2024 Center for Primary Care SLC Co-Leads

Jacob Meyerson (HMS)

Jacob Meyerson

Jacob is a current 3rd year student at Harvard Medical School and is psyched to be one of the SLC co-leads for the year! He grew up outside of Boston and attended Harvard College for undergraduate, where he studied Computer Science and led outdoor trips for incoming students. After spending a summer in Kenya working on healthcare informatics, he became passionate about community health and spent two years after college working as a community health worker in rural southern Utah. He has been a member of the SLC since starting medical school and is thrilled to continue to be a part of this special community!