Midwest Fellowship for Primary Care Champions

Midwest Fellowship for Primary Care Champions

MATEC, in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago Department of Family Medicine (UIC), and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce Division of Medicine and Dentistry, developed and delivers the Midwest Fellowship for Primary Care Champions (MFPCC). MFPCC is a 12-month training program designed to identify and promote development of physician leadership skills and increase knowledge of the foundations of high performing primary care and strategies to implement clinic transformational activities. Champion Fellows will be encouraged over the course of the fellowship year to serve as educational liaisons to their colleagues and the future healthcare workforce by drawing on expertise obtained through the fellowship. Fellows will translate learning into action in the planning/development of a health care transformation project to address a critical need at their community-based primary care sites.

HRSA has partnered with the National Health Service Corp to provide physicians who have completed the MFPCC priority status when applying for NHSC awards and continuation awards. In addition, participants in the NHSC LRP, NHSC Scholarship Program (SP), and NHSC Students to Service (S2S) interested in participating in MFPCC may convert to a half-time contract and continue satisfying their service obligation.

The fellowship is available to physicians meeting the following criteria:

  1. Medicine degree (allopathic or osteopathic)
  2. Board certified or board eligible in family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics
  3. Record of practice post residency in primary care for at least two years
  4. Located in a health professions shortage area and/or medically underserved area, and/or be serving a medically underserved population
  5. Committed to continue to provide clinical services at a primary care site through the course of the fellowship year

Fellowship Activities

Champion Fellows are expected to devote approximately 10% of practice time (200 hours) throughout the duration of the 12-month fellowship. Approximately 50 hours will consist of scheduled cohort learning activities, and the remainder of the time will be dedicated to self-study, planning & implementing a health care transformation activity, and individualized workforce development efforts. The fellowship will have an introductory 2-day in person MFPCC Immersion Institute designed to provide group overview of fellowship learning priorities, individualized opportunity for reflection and planning, and fellow cohort and faculty relationship development to foster future collaborations.

Live webinars will occur every other month (90 minutes) and will involve interactive lecture and small group discussion led by faculty from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Asynchronous learning activities will occur every other month and are designed and facilitated so that the fellows will spend a minimum of 2 hours during a 3-week period in self-directed learning and participation in an online faculty-led cohort discussion.

The fellows will participate in a 4-hour preceptorship with a respected primary care physician at a high performing clinic during the fellowship year. Preceptorships will provide an opportunity to observe and interact with the staff from the high performing clinic to learn best practices. A distinct effort will be made to specifically identify primary care sites with known primary care role models who have strong connections with academic centers and have been successful in their efforts to motivate students and or residents to practice primary care.

The above activities will qualify for up to 30 hours of CME. The Champion Fellows will also actively engage in a variety of other learning activities:

  1. Lead the effort to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a practice transformation project at their respective primary care sites.
  2. Participate in a web-based cohort community of practice activity every other month.
  3. Meet every other month with a faculty mentors to discuss professional development opportunities and challenges.
  4. Meet every other month with an expert practice transformation coach who will guide them through the coaching and practice transformation process.
  5. Participate in a 2-day meeting with HRSA (the funder) in Washington DC where they will have an opportunity to share ideas with fellows from across the country.

Clinic Leadership Support

As part the fellowship planning, UIC and MATEC will partner with each Champion Fellow's community-based practice site to promote ongoing leadership support for Champion Fellow participation in the fellowship. As part of this agreement, UIC/MATEC will make funds available to offset and protect the Champion Fellow's time to participate in the fellowship.


Applications may be submitted online at the following link: https://uic.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3QPpuQLnmReIS45


For more information please contact Kirsten Corrigan at (319) 440-7084 or kirstenc@uic.edu.