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Baystate Summer Academy

Baystate Summer Academy (BSA) is designed to provide you with a core understanding of public health and medical research practices. BSA employs a project-based learning format to provide you with basic skills in research methods.

Clinical and non-clinical shadowing opportunities may be available across a variety of departments. You are paired with a public health or health care professional to learn about different areas of health care. Opportunities to participate in the simulation center may also be available.

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



  • Entering your freshman, sophomore or junior year in a four-year undergraduate program for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Expressed an interest in healthcare, public health or research as a career option (see application)
  • Resident of Hampden or Hampshire County in Massachusetts


  • Resident of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 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 designing and conducting research
  • Environment where you can interact with other students to address a research question and that promotes independent, self-directed learning
  • Limited observation experiences in a variety of disciplines and specialties (optional activity)

2019 Program Dates and Time Commitment

  • Tuesday, June 4 through Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • You must be available in Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.
  • Participants must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting dates will not be modified.
  • Observation opportunities will not follow the scheduled course dates and times. These activities are not required, but they are highly encouraged and part of the overall design of the course.


  • There is no stipend associated with Baystate Summer Academy.


  • Parking is available at no charge.

Application Process

  • Submit the online application (Applications for 2019 are closed.)

Contact Us

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