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Baystate Summer Academy

Will Be Offered Summer 2021

For rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors

9 week evening course

Baystate Summer Academy (BSA) is designed to provide you with a core understanding of public health and medical research practices. BSA works with various researchers and practitioners at Baystate Health to provide students with skills in research methods.

Clinical and non-clinical shadowing opportunities may be available across a variety of departments. You are paired with a healthcare professional and may get a chance to observe: morning report on an inpatient unit, an outpatient clinic, a busy emergency room, diagnostic testing, or even a surgery. Opportunities to participate in the simulation center may also be available.

Participation in this program is a preferred eligibility requirement for the Baystate Summer Scholars Program.



  • Entering your freshman, sophomore or junior year in a four-year undergraduate program for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Articulated interest in health care, public health, or research as a career option (see application below)
  • Resident of Hampden or Hampshire County


  • Graduate of a public school supporting residents of Springfield, Massachusetts (e.g., district school, charter, school choice)
  • Previous connection to and/or participation in Baystate Health-sponsored activities or programs

Program Goals

Baystate Summer Academy aims to begin the process of connecting you to the medical center through the practice of research by providing:

  • Fundamentals of research design and conduct
  • Environment where you can interact with other students to address research questions, and that promotes independent, self-directed learning
  • Limited observation experiences in a variety of disciplines and specialties (optional activity/ pending restrictions in the hospital related to COVID19)

2021 Program Dates and Time Commitment

2021 Summer Academy will run from June 8 - August 3, 2021. 


  • There is no stipend associated with Baystate Summer Academy.

Application Process

To apply to the 2021 Baystate Summer Academy program:

  • Complete the online application (A resume and personal statement will be needed)
  • Applications due April 5, 2021

Contact Us

Please contact Peter Blain, Program Coordinator, with any questions: