Population-based Urban & Rural Community Health
Not Just for Those Interested in Primary Care
Whatever medical career you wish to pursue, you can benefit from the innovative approach of the PURCH Track at UMMS-Baystate.
Practice medicine in diverse under-served urban and rural communities
Focus on health care issues common to urban and rural under-served populations—and come to understand the complex interwoven social and environmental factors that affect them.
Think comprehensively about population health and causes of health disparities
You will learn to apply population health principles in diverse inpatient and outpatient settings—and with patients often marginalized by the healthcare system.
Understand your patients' perspectives and how community impacts health
Community is bound into PURCH—from our community faculty to our immersive learning approach that lets you experience important concepts, such as bias and cultural humility, instead of just reading about and discussing them.
Be a leader and a collaborator on the health care team
You will be an active participant on an interprofessional clinical team—working, learning, and collaborating with health professionals and students in other disciplines.
Get the Experience You Need
Enjoy the wide diversity of opportunities available at Baystate Health, one of the largest academic health systems in New England.
Get plenty of hands-on experience in a full range of medical conditions. Last year, we had:
- Over 1.7 million outpatient visits, including home visits
- Over 4,300 babies born
- More than 37,300 surgeries performed
And, PURCH's smaller class size means you'll have a more personalized learning experience.
Reinventing health care takes commitment. It takes collaboration.
It takes you.