GE Foundation and National Medical Fellowships Announce First Year Results in Its Work to Increase the Primary Care Provider

  GE Foundation and National Medical Fellowships Announce First Year Results
  in Its Work to Increase the Primary Care Provider Pipeline

  *GE Foundation and National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF) partnership to
    increase number of primary care physicians
  *GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) assessment shows successful
    first year results with “service-learning” rotation
  *More aggressive goals set for the next three years as the need for primary
    care providers continues to grow

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- February 27, 2013

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the U.S. will have
a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by the end of this decade. In an
effort to help overcome this shortage, the GE Foundation has partnered with
NMF to build a primary care provider pipeline targeted at providing medical,
nursing and physician assistant students the opportunity to explore primary
healthcare in targeted U.S. cities. At its core, the Primary Care Leadership
Program (PCLP) is a service-learning rotation that aims to enhance student
training by combining care delivery, leadership practice management and an
independent project.

“There is a clear and critical need for a stronger primary care provider
pipeline, and we are thrilled to partner with NMF on this project to help
strengthen ongoing access to quality primary care,” said Bob Corcoran,
Chairman and President of the GE Foundation. “Early results look very
promising, and we are excited for what the next few years should show in terms
of helping overcome one of today’s greatest challenges in the U.S. healthcare

PCLP aims to develop a cadre of primary healthcare professionals willing to
work in underserved communities, improve clinical skills in primary healthcare
delivery, develop leadership and management skills, and build Community Health
Center (CHC) networks. In the program’s inaugural year, 38 scholars were
placed in 11 CHCs in four U.S. cities.

“The model we built for the first year of PCLP is the foundation for drawing
more medical students to the field of primary care. We also established a
robust assessment process to ensure detailed feedback that could be used to
improve upon the core elements,” said Dr. Esther Dyer, President and CEO of
NMF. “The first year assessment was very positive and we’ve already
implemented some of the suggested improvements for next year.”

To assess the progress to date, PCLP used a customer loyalty metric to
calculate a Net Promoter Score (NPS) for each stakeholder group. The NPS for
scholars, site partners and faculty advisors indicate strong program support.

  *31 scholars or 83.8% responded that, if eligible, they would reapply for
    the program next year
  *83.8% indicated that they would like to be involved in the program in the
  *92.1% indicated that they would be willing to serve as peer mentors for
    next year’s scholars
  *100% of the site partners and faculty advisors said that they would
    recommend the program

Based on the success of the first year, the GE Foundation and NMF have added
additional goals and metrics for 2013-2015. Those include broadening the PCLP
pipeline to include MPH and MSW students to conduct independent projects
related to primary healthcare service delivery; exposing 300 scholars to
primary health care in underserved communities in 14 cities and 32 health
centers over four years; continue improving clinical and leadership skills of
scholars; building the relationship between universities and partner sites;
and improving training capacity and program implementation.

About National Medical Fellowships

National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF) was established in Chicago in 1946 to
address the racial barriers that prevented minorities, particularly African
Americans, from attending medical school and obtaining residencies. During the
1940’s and 1950’s, the challenge was to address financial obstacles. Over the
following decades, as broad social changes swept America, NMF grew in scope by
disseminating grants and awards on a national basis. As of 2011, $40 million
in scholarship support has been provided to 30,000 students. NMF remains the
only nonprofit solely dedicated to changing the face of medicine and
increasing the number of health professionals who can provide culturally and
linguistically appropriate quality healthcare. NMF has three major programs:
need-based scholarships and awards targeting first and second year students;
service learning scholarships for more senior students, and information for
the public and thought leaders about the critical importance that minority
physicians play on improving access to healthcare services for all. For more
information, visit

About the GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, works to solve some
of the world’s most difficult problems. With its partners, the GE Foundation
focuses its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and
disaster relief. In 2011, the GE family invested more than $198 million to
global community and educational needs. For more information, visit


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