May 19, 2011
By Eric Lu
As the year winds down, I’ve been reflecting on my time here, beginning with my favorite class.
Started this year by the Harvard Primary Care Center and Primary Care Progress, the Primary Care Innovation Collaborative (PCIC) is a nonconventional class that’s technically not part of the first-year curriculum. But it probably should be because I’ve gotten more out of it than all my other classes combined.
How does PCIC work? The class pairs you up with a primary care mentor and allows you to devise and work on a project together. Once a month, all the PCIC students and mentors get together for a workshop that focuses on topics ranging from process mapping to leadership in clinical innovation. More importantly, the workshops divide students and mentors into small groups and give them time to share and get feedback from each other about their projects. Even more importantly, we get free pizza from Bertuccis. None of that Il Mundo stuff. This is high quality pizza.
Aside from pizza, I want to share 3 main things that I value and appreciate about PCIC.