Transforming Primary Care Practice and Education: Lessons From 6 Academic Learning Collaboratives

J Ambul Care Manage. Apr/Jun 2017;40(2):125-138. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000117.


Adoption of new primary care models has been slow in academic teaching practices. We describe a common framework that academic learning collaboratives are using to transform primary care practice based on our analysis of 6 collaboratives nationally. We show that the work of the collaboratives could be divided into 3 phases and provide detail on the phases of work and a road map for those who seek to emulate this work. We found that learning collaboratives foster transformation, even in complex academic practices, but need specific support adapted to their unique challenges.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration*
  • Academic Medical Centers / standards
  • Academic Medical Centers / trends
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Internship and Residency / standards
  • Internship and Residency / trends
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Models, Educational
  • Physicians, Primary Care / education*
  • Physicians, Primary Care / standards
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care / standards
  • Primary Health Care / trends
  • Qualitative Research
  • United States