Collaborative of the Primary Care Training Collaborative

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model for practice redesign to assure that people are provided safe, comprehensive, coordinated, and personalized health care.  However, most primary care residency programs are not fully prepared to train residents on this idealized model.  It is critical that primary care  residency programs serve as exemplars in this area since clinical training during residency strongly influences future practice patterns.  Additionally, residents will be called upon for leadership and practice improvement skills to foster and support practice transformation in their future practices. 

Over the last six years, five Collaboratives of primary care residency programs across the U.S. have recognized the need to include specific education and training for the PCMH into their curricula and training programs.  These five Collaboratives include the Colorado Residency PCMH project, which encompasses all nine family medicine residency programs and one internal medicine residency program in Colorado; Harvard Primary Care collaborative, which includes 19 Harvard Medical School-affiliated primary care teaching practices and community clinics associated with six major academic health centers; I3 collaborative which includes 25 primary care teaching practices in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia; Minnesota family medicine collaborative, which includes University of Minnesota’s Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Med-Peds, and Smiley’s Family Medicine Residency Programs; and the Pennsylvania Collaborative, which includes 24 practices of Pennsylvania Family Medicine Residency Programs and 20 Community Health Centers. 

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