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Baystate Summer Academy

For rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors

10 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.

Eligibility

Required

  • 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)
  • Resident of Hampden or Hampshire County

Preferred

  • 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)

2020 Program Dates and Time Commitment

  • Tuesday, June 2 through Tuesday, August 4, 2020
  • You must be available on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
  • Participants must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting dates will not be modified.
  • Some 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.

Stipend

  • There is no stipend associated with Baystate Summer Academy.

Parking

  • Parking is available at no charge.

Application Process

Contact Us

Please contact Peter Blain, Program Coordinator, with any questions:
413-794-1671
Peter.Blain@baystatehealth.org