Primary Care

The Primary Care Service at MIT Health is here to keep you healthy during your time at MIT. 

As an MIT student, you can make an appointment online or by calling 617-253-4481. 

What is a primary care provider? 

A primary care provider, often shortened to PCP, is a doctor or nurse practitioner who specializes in internal medicine, family medicine, or adolescent medicine. You don’t have to have a PCP to get care at MIT Health, but a PCP can be useful, especially if you have special health concerns or need ongoing care for a chronic health condition like asthma. A PCP can coordinate your care with other specialists inside and outside MIT Health. You can also discuss health concerns and questions with your PCP. 

If you want to choose a PCP at MIT Health, you can take a look at the PCPs who are accepting new patients, choose a nurse practitioner or physician to be your PCP of record, and tell any patient care representative at MIT Health to include that choice on your record.

How do I contact clinicians in Primary Care?

If you need to communicate outside a regular office visit with a Primary Care clinician you’ve already seen, you can either:

  • Call the Primary Care service directly. This is the best communication method to use if you have an urgent need. You’ll speak with one of our triage nurses and, if necessary, a clinician will call you back.
  • Send a secure message through HealthELife, MIT Health’s online patient portal. You can sign up for HealthELife online, or visit any front desk staff member at MIT Health and ask for an invitation.