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Primary Care Leadership Pathway

The University of Massachusetts Medical School has long been nationally recognized for its emphasis on primary care education and training.  In keeping with this tradition of excellence, the internal medicine residency has developed an intensive program in primary care and general internal medicine for its categorical residents. The Primary Care Leadership Pathway (PCLP) is an optional supplemental pathway embedded within the categorical residency that aims to develop primary care physicians and leaders in internal medicine through additional clinical and workshop experiences.

Pathway Components

In addition to the schedule and curriculum of the categorical residency, the pathway offers the following:

  • Workshops:

    Provides an opportunity to discuss topics of interest, including leadership skills, career development, practice management; it is also opportunity to socialize and to develop a sense of community with your fellow residents and faculty. Topics include Crucial Conversations, DiSCĀ® personality profile, negotiation, and health policy.

  • Mentorship:

    One-on-one pairings with faculty mentors, who will serve as a resource for you and provide guidance throughout your residency.

  • Unique Ambulatory Electives:

    Residents will have the opportunity participate in customized ambulatory electives, such as:

      • Musculoskeletal Health (Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, etc)
      • Behavioral Health (Integrated psychiatry, behavioral psychology, addiction psychiatry)
      • Ophthalmology
      • Dermatology
      • And more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply for this pathway?

There is no separate application process within the residency match. There is a brief application process that would occur after the match. 

Do I need to be interested in primary care in order to participate?

All residents are welcome to participate regardless of your future career plans

For any questions regarding the PCLP, please email Nancy Skehan, MD

 Laura Hallett, MD, M.Ed.
 Co-Director, Primary Care Leadership Pathway
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School


 Nancy Skehan, MD
Co-Director, Primary Care Leadership Pathway
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
 Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
 Firm Chief, Inpatient Services, Division of General Internal Medicine