In 2009, more than forty Harvard Medical School students collaborated with the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation and the Internal Medicine Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, to develop and launch CCC, Harvard's first student-faculty collaborative practice. This clinic was created to address the difficulty that patients often faced when trying to find long-term primary care in the post Massachusetts healthcare-reform era.
During our eight-week urgent-care pilot in the spring of 2010, 36 patients were seen. In the fall of 2010, 128 students applied to be involved in the clinic and we were able to accommodate 92 participants! In October 2010, we expanded the practice to offer primary care services to patients in the greater Boston area who do not have a primary care physician. We are very fortunate to have the support of the Internal Medical Associates, who made their office space and staff available to this effort.
In fall 2011, CCC opened its second clinic in Chelsea with the goal of helping a significant post-incarceration population in the neighborhood. Two additional sites in Cambridge, Revere, and at the BIDMC began operations in the spring of 2012.