Primary Care Scholars Program

Vast changes in the health care system are creating both exciting opportunities and great demand for primary care physicians. These physicians will need a unique set of skills, including delivering patient-centered care; developing collaborative expertise with allied health care team members; understanding population-based approaches to health; valuing patient and community advocacy; and comprehending health informatics, research, and systems development to inform the delivery of optimal services.

The ISMMS is introducing the Primary Care Scholars Program to prepare the next generation of primary care physicians by providing them with core training, mentorship, and longitudinal patient care experiences in primary care. This program aims to recruit medical school applicants from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who are committed to becoming leaders in primary care and working with underserved populations. The program will create a forum for collaboration among students, faculty, scientists, and trainees interested in improving primary care through direct care, research, quality improvement, and advocacy.

Scholars will complete the Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) with a Family Medicine mentor during the first two years of medical school. Students in this track will gain invaluable clinical experience and team skills by becoming actively involved in the comprehensive care of patients with their mentor. Scholars will actively engage with outstanding faculty to complete their graduation scholarly product requirement at the Institute for Family Health. The summer after their first year in the program, scholars can participate in a primary care immersion experience and learn core principles of patient-centered care, health care disparities, team-based care, health policy, and quality improvement. In the third year, scholars will participate in the longitudinal clerkship InterACT, which provides a strong foundation in ambulatory medicine and chronic illness care through experiences at a variety of outstanding clinical practices in the Mount Sinai Health System. In their final year, scholars will participate in a Primary Care Sub-Internship experience and have the opportunity to share their scholarly project findings. Finally, throughout their years at ISMMS, Primary Care Scholars will receive ongoing career guidance and mentorship from leaders in the field of primary care medicine.

Primary Care Scholars will receive an award of $20,000 during each of their four years of medical school for a total award of $80,000. This award will take the form of an ISMMS loan, which will be forgiven in its entirety once the scholar has been in a primary care practice in an underserved community for two years following the completion of residency training. If a scholar chooses to pursue a specialty other than primary care, they will be expected to repay their award as a low-interest ISMMS loan.

For more information on the Primary Care Scholars Program, please contact the Icahn School of Medicine Admissions Office at 212-241-6696 or

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